Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

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Novice joins Benedictine community at Saint Meinrad

January 20, 2017

Novice -Joseph -Wagner -for -webIn a brief ceremony, Novice Joseph Wagner was clothed in the Benedictine habit at Saint Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, IN, on January 19, 2017. He now begins a year of monastic formation, including study of the Rule of St. Benedict and monastic history. 

Novice Joseph, 29, of Quincy, IL, attended high school at Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary in Chicago.

He earned a bachelor's degree in history from Quincy University and a master's degree in liturgical studies from University of St. Mary of the Lake. He was a member of St. Aloysius Parish in Springfield, IL.

Before joining the monastery, he was a high school teacher at St. Anthony High School in Effingham, IL, and an archivist for the Illinois Secretary of State.

As a novice, he takes 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.