St. Bernard Abbey Admits Largest Postulant Class in over 50 Years

Friday, August 16, 2013

Article Submitted by:
Fr. Jacob Amos, O.S.B.,
Vocation Director.

Contact information:
Voice: 256-590-7429;

In 2013 God has abundantly blessed St. Bernard Abbey with six postulants. This is the largest class of postulants to enter the abbey in over fifty years. The postulancy is the first phase of monastic formation.

On Monday June 24, 2013 at Vespers these men entered the postulancy and received the monastic tunic from Abbot Cletus. While postulants they will live in the monastery, eat in the monastic refectory, attend the conventual mass and Divine Office, attend a variety of classes, and perform a variety of work around the campus. During this time they will discern whether this life is for them and the community discerns whether they are fit for monastic life. If all goes well they will enter the next stage of formation, the novitiate, this August.

These men exhibit a diverse range of ages, origins, education, talents, and interests. However, they are united in a desire to seek God in monastic manner of life. In order of monastic seniority, the new postulants of St. Bernard Abbey are Austin Steele, Edier Ceavallos, Ryan Bravata, Landon Poss, Philip Pattarozzi, and Kevin McBride. Monastic seniority is determined by date of entry.

Austin Steele is both the youngest and the most senior of the postulants. Austin is 19 years old and is a 2012 graduate of St. Bernard Prep School. After graduation he spent one semester at Bellarmine College in Louisville, KY and then entered the monastery. Musically gifted, Austin has a wonderful voice and while at school sang with the monastic schola occasionally.


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