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Novice Dane DeDecker joins community

August 06, 2013

Pic _news _Nov _Dane De Decker _2013In a brief ceremony at the monastery entrance, Dane DeDecker was clothed in the Benedictine habit at Saint Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, IN, on August 5. He now begins a year of monastic formation, including study of the Rule of St. Benedict and monastic history. 

Novice Dane, 36, is from Geneseo, IL. He attended Geneseo High School and studied for a year at St. Mary's University of Minnesota in Winona. He was a member of St. Anthony Parish in Atkinson, IL.

For the past 12 years, he has been an over-the-road truck driver. As a novice, he 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.