Two men entered the novitiate at Saint Vincent Archabbey in July. The novitiate is a year of prayer and study designed to assist them in discerning their vocation as Benedictine monks. The novitiate is followed by a minimum three-year period of simple profession which provides an opportunity for continued discernment prior to solemn or final profession of monastic vows.
BROTHER MICHAEL J. GABLER
Brother Michael J. Gabler is the son of Michael F. and Margaret A. Gabler of St. Marys. He attended St. Marys parochical school and is a 1985 graduate of Elk County Catholic High School. He earned a bachelor of science degree in M.I.S. from Penn State University in 1989. He has two sisters, Lori A. Lingenfelter of Ridgeway, Melanie A. Meyer of St. Marys, and a brother, Sean, of St. Marys.
Fernando Lanas, O.S.B.
BROTHER FERNANDO P. LANAS
Brother Fernando P. Lanas is the son of Fernando and Guadalupe Lanas of Quito, Ecuador. He attended Colegio Frances elementary school in Quito and is a 1989 graduate of Colegio Benalcazar in Quito. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in finance and management from Universidad San Francisco de Quito in 1997. His sisters are Elisa and Vanessa Lanas of Quito.