In a brief ceremony, Novice Travis Server was clothed in the Benedictine habit at Saint Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, IN, on February 9, 2023.
He now begins a year of monastic formation, including study of the Rule of St. Benedict and monastic history.
Novice Travis, 43, is a native of Louisville, KY. He was a member of Prince of Peace Parish in Madison, IN, and attended Cardinal Ritter High School in Indianapolis.
Before entering the monastery, he worked as a union ironworker for Indianapolis Local 22.
Novices take a year off from formal studies and trades. The novitiate is a time of prayer and learning intended to help a novice discern his vocation as a monk.
At the end of this year, a novice may be permitted to profess temporary vows of obedience, fidelity to the monastic way of life, and stability in the community of Saint Meinrad.