Two novices join Benedictine community at Saint Meinrad
August 06, 2012
In a brief ceremony at the monastery entrance, Matthew Sprauer
and Bradley Jensen were clothed in the Benedictine habit at Saint
Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, IN, on August 5. The two novices
now begin a year of monastic formation, including study of the
Rule of St. Benedict and monastic history.
Novice Matthew, 28,
is from Piqua, OH. He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish
in Centerville, OH, and attended Piqua High School.
He is a 2006 graduate of Ohio
University with a bachelor’s degree in computer science. He has
more than five years of experience in software development for the
Novice Bradley, 29, is a native of Iowa City, IA,
where he was a member of St. Mary’s Parish and attended Regina
Catholic Education Center.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from
the University of Iowa and a master’s in accounting science from
Northern Illinois University. He passed the Certified Public
Accountant exam and worked in corporate finance before coming to
As novices, they will 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.