Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

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Monk professes first vows at Saint Meinrad Archabbey

August 08, 2016

BrKolbeWolniakowski_2016.jpgNovice Tony Wolniakowski, OSB, professed his temporary vows as a Benedictine monk in a ceremony on August 6, 2016, at Saint Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, IN.

He has completed his novitiate, a year of prayer and study of the Benedictine way of life. As is the custom during the profession of vows, he was given a religious name. He will now be known as Br. Kolbe.

Br. Kolbe, 29, is a native of Lansing, MI. Most recently, he worked for the State of Michigan as an insurance complaint analyst in the Department of Insurance and Financial Services.

After graduating from Pewamo-Westphalia High School in Westphalia, MI, he earned an associate degree from Lansing Community College in 2009 and a bachelor's degree in business administration from Northwood University in 2010.

He was a member of St. Joseph Parish in Pewamo, MI, where he volunteered as a faith formation teacher.

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.