Brother Gabriel Myriam Kurzawski, O.S.B., who works with Father Fred Byrne, O.S.B. in the St. Vincent Archabbey Vocation Office (Br. Gabriel is the blogger for their excellent vocations blog)contacted me to see if the readers of this blog could offer up at least one extra Hail Mary in their prayers for a few special intentions.
This Thursday, July 10th and Friday, July 11th, 2008 (the Feast of St. Benedict) the monks will have some very important events in the life of the Archabbey as 5 men (ages 22, 23, 33, 34, 39) will be invested in the Holy Habit and begin their year long Novitiate, 4 Novices (ages 23, 23, 34, 51) will profess first vows, and 2 monks will profess solemn vows.
I have confidence in that the prayerful generosity of this vocations "community" and know that we can gratefully storm heaven on behalf of these men.
The picture to the left is of the four novices, including Br. Gabriel, from left to right: Br. Maximilian Maxwell, OSB, Br. Jeremiah Lange, OSB, Fr. Sebastian Samay, OSB (Novice Master), Br. Gabriel Myriam Kurzawski, OSB, and Br. Michael Antonacci, OSB.
Br. Gabriel also sent me this great picture which (I assume) he took of his brother novices with the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal at St. Joseph's Seminary in Dunwoodie during Our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI's visit. More proof that young, joyful, and faithful men and women are indeed answering God's call. Deo Gratias! Please remember them in your prayers.
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