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Two monks profess first vows

August 07, 2013

Pic _news _first -profession -portraitNovices Matthew Sprauer and Bradley Jensen, OSB, professed their temporary vows as Benedictine monks in a ceremony on August 6, 2013, at Saint Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, IN.

They have completed their novitiate, a year of prayer and study of the Benedictine way of life. As is the custom during the profession of vows, each was assigned a religious name. Novice Matthew will now be known as Br. William.  Novice Bradley will be known as Br. James.

Br. William, 29, 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 defense industry.

Br. James, 30, 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 Saint Meinrad.

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.

Photo: Br. James Jensen, OSB, left, and Br. William Sprauer, OSB.