Two monks profess first vows
August 07, 2013
Novices 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.
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
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
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
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
Photo: Br. James Jensen, OSB, left, and Br.
William Sprauer, OSB.