Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

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Four monks profess first vows at Saint Meinrad Archabbey

January 21, 2016

Four monks professed their temporary vows as Benedictine monks in a ceremony on January 20, 2016, at Saint Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, IN.

They have completed their novitiate, a year of prayer and study of the Benedictine way of life. As is the custom during the profession of vows, they were assigned religious names.

Peter Szidik _2015_for _webNovice Peter Szidik is now Br. Nathaniel. A native of Grand Rapids, MI, he is a 2011 graduate of the University of Dayton with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering.

He worked for three years as a production manager in the byproducts and coal handling divisions at United States Steel in the St. Louis, MO, area. He also served as a college intern for two summers in Saint Meinrad's "One Bread, One Cup" program.

Timothy Herrmann _2015_for _webNovice Timothy Herrmann is now Br. Simon. A former resident of Findlay, OH, he is a graduate of the University of Dayton, earning a bachelor's degree in communication management in 2010.

He worked as an associate editor for the national office of Beta Theta Pi fraternity from 2010-11 and then at Saint Meinrad Archabbey as the director of alumni relations from 2011-14. He also served as a college intern for three summers in Saint Meinrad's "One Bread, One Cup" program.

Thomas Fish _2015_for _webNovice Thomas Fish will now be Br. Jean. Formerly of Poway, CA, he is a 2013 graduate of Sonoma State University with a bachelor's degree in anthropology.

He has been a youth ministry volunteer and an intern at St. Gabriel Parish in Poway, and he worked in the shipping department of a moving company.

Novice Jonathan Blaize received the name Br. Joel. He is formerly of Mount Carmel, IL, and a graduate of Southern Illinois University, with a bachelor's degree in English literature. He earned an associate degree at Wabash Valley College. He also studied at Ivy Tech Community College for drafting and design.

Jonathan Blaize _2015_for _webHe formerly worked as a tool and die machinist and a design engineering technician at Hansen Corporation. He attended Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology for one year before entering the monastery.

Temporary vows are typically for three years. This period offers a continuing opportunity for the monk and the monastic community to determine whether monastic life is, indeed, the right vocation for this individual.