Juniors attend Summer School in Latrobe, PA, USA.

The Benedictine Junior Summer School of the year of our Lord 2014 took place at the historic St. Vincent Archabbey in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.  St. Vincent is the first Benedictine Abbey established in North America and the “grandmother house” of our own St. Peter’s Abbey.   Brs. Stephen Predy and Dominic Leo attended the summer school this year from July 14-28, and came away with many great experiences and new Benedictine confreres from across the USA.   The topic this year was: Building a Dynamic and Joyful Community Spirit, Unity in the midst of our diversity and diversity in the midst of our unity.

Br. Lorenzo Conocido, O.S.B., junior monk of Mount Angel Abbey in Oregon, USA, made this slide show of the trip: 2014 Benedictine Junior Summer School

Br. Lorenzo’s photo gallery on Flickr:  Photo Gallery

Novices Introduce Themselves to Oblates

By Fr. Paul Paproski, OSB

The five novices of St. Peter’s Abbey, who were invested on the feast of St. Benedict (March 21 2013), introduced themselves to the Oblates at their March 23 meeting. The novices expressed their appreciation to the community of St. Peter’s Abbey and the Oblates for welcoming them, and said they look forward to their new vocation.

Three of the novices, Linden Predy, 19, of Saskatoon; Christopher Weber, 36, of Hanover, Ontarion; and Peter van Ginkel, 50, of Winnipeg adopted religious names of saints. Linden will now be known as Br. Stephen; Christopher will be called Br. Damian; and Peter is Br. Benedict. The other two novices are Br. Andreas Hofer, 29, of New Zealand, and Br. Dominic Leo, 42, of Vancouver.

Br. Andreas Hofer, originally from Austria, came from New Zealand where he was self-employed in residential, commercial and industrial construction, as well as carpentry, joinery and cabinet making.

Br. Stephen Predy, the youngest novice, attended the University of Saskatchewan for the last year. Br. Benedict van Ginkel is a professional music teacher and has been playing the organ for monastic office and teaching Gregorian chant.

Br. Damian Weber completed a year of studies in theology at the Seminary of Christ the King in Mission, B.C. Previously, he worked five years in the lay apostolate through the Secular Franciscan order. He resided in the Diocese of Antigonish, N.S. where he lived and worked at Our Lady of Grace Monastery, doing maintenance and assisting in the retreat house.

Br. Dominic Leo worked as an Information Technology (IT) technician and programmer/analyst in Vancouver for the Knights of Columbus. He finished two years of seminary training at the Benedictine monastery of Westminster Abbey in Mission, B.C.

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