Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

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Novice professes first vows at Saint Meinrad Archabbey

August 07, 2012

Br. Peduru Fonseka, OSB, professed temporary vows as a Benedictine monk on August 6 in the Saint Meinrad Archabbey church.

Novice Anushka Fonseka, OSB, professed temporary vows as a Benedictine monk in a ceremony on August 6, 2012, at Saint Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, IN.

He has completed his novitiate, a year of prayer and study of the Benedictine way of life. As is the custom during the profession of vows, he was assigned a religious name. Novice Anushka will now be known as Br. Peduru. Temporary vows are typically for three years.

Br. Peduru, 29, was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Church in Battaramulla and attended St. Joseph’s College in Colombo, both in Sri Lanka. In 2008, he earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of South Alabama in Mobile. He then worked as a structural engineer at Barter & Associates Inc. in Mobile, until joining the monastery.

The period of temporary vows provides a continuing opportunity for the monk and the monastic community to determine whether monastic life is, indeed, the right vocation for this individual.