Monk professes solemn vows

Monday, August 15, 2022

Br. Basil Lumsden, OSB, professed solemn vows as a Benedictine monk of Saint Meinrad Archabbey in a ceremony on August 15, 2022, in the Archabbey Church at St. Meinrad, IN.

Br. Basil, 48, is a native of Trinidad.

He earned degrees in music from Trinity College of Music in London and Canterbury Christ Church University in the United Kingdom. He also studied liturgy in the graduate program at The Liturgical Institute in Mundelein, IL, and canonical monastic studies at the University of Oxford.

Previously, he served as director of music for the deanery of Kent in the United Kingdom and as director of music and liturgy for the Diocese of Hamilton, Bermuda, where he also served as cathedral organist and master of the choristers.

Before joining the Saint Meinrad community, he was a junior monk at the Benedictine monastery of Quarr Abbey on the Isle of Wight, UK.

Since joining the community in 2018, Br. Basil has been serving as an organist, monastery guest master, and dining room assistant.

In professing solemn vows of obedience, fidelity to the monastic way of life, and stability in the community at Saint Meinrad, he becomes a full and permanent member of the Benedictine community.