José Angel Romero-Olivas professed his temporary vows as a Benedictine monk in a ceremony on August 6, 2023, 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 chose a religious name. Novice Angel is now Br. Jude.
Br. Jude, 39, is a native of Chihuahua, Mexico, where he was a member of Santa Rosalia Parish. He attended the Autonomous University of Chihuahua Law School.
Before entering the monastery, he worked at the Mexican Consulate and in law.
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.