Two monks of Saint Vincent Archabbey made solemn profession of monastic vows on July 11 in the Saint Vincent Basilica before Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B. They included Brother Michael Gabler, O.S.B., and Brother Fernando P. Lanas Medina, O.S.B.
Brother Michael is the son of Michael F. and Margaret A. Gabler of St. Marys. He attended St. Marys parochial 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 Ridgway, Melanie A. Meyer of St. Marys, and a brother, Sean, of St. Marys.
Brother Michael entered the Saint Vincent monastic community in 2002 and made first profession of vows on July 10, 2003. In 2003 he was named assistant manager of the Gristmill General Store, assistant building manager and miller at Saint Vincent Gristmill, and assistant in the Archabbey Public Relations office. In 2004 he was named building manager of the Gristmill. He was installed in the Ministry of Reader on March 20, 2006 by The Most Rev. Wilton D. Gregory, S.L.D., Archbishop of Atlanta in the Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica.
Brother Fernando P. Lanas is the son of Fernando Lanas and Guadalupe Medina de 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.
He entered the Saint Vincent monastic community in 2002 and made first profession of vows on July 10, 2003. In 2003 he was assigned as an assistant in the Archabbey Development Office. He served as assistant master of ceremonies and sacristan (2003-2004). In 2005 he was named assistant to the archabbey prior.