Four novices will take their first vows as Benedictine monks during vespers at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 10 at Saint Vincent Archabbey. The men include a Saint Vincent College graduate from Jeannette, Brother Michael Antonacci; a Carnegie native recently graduated from Saint John’s University, New York; Brother Gabriel Myriam Kurzawski; a former Kissimmee, Florida resident who served as a counselor in both Florida and South Carolina, Brother Jeremiah Lange; and a former account manager from Philadelphia, Brother Maximilian Maxwell. All four men entered the novitiate in July 2007, and have spent a year in the monastic community prior to professing their first vows.
Michael Antonacci, O.S.B.
Brother Michael Antonacci, O.S.B.
Brother Michael Antonacci, of Jeannette, is the son of Jerome and Sheila Antonacci and has one brother, Jared, also of Jeannette. Brother Michael, a 2003 graduate of Hempfield High School, is a 2007 graduate of Saint Vincent College, where he earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Mathematics and Physics with highest honors.
Gabriel Myriam Kurzawski, O.S.B.
Brother Gabriel Myriam Kurzawski, O.S.B.
Brother Gabriel Myriam Kurzawski, O.S.B., of Carnegie, is the son of Dennis and Mary Kurzawski. He is a 2003 graduate of Carlynton Junior-Senior High School. He graduated from Saint John’s University, New York, in May of 2007 with a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy.
Jeremiah Lange, O.S.B.
Brother Jeremiah Lange, O.S.B.
Brother Jeremiah Lange, O.S.B., of Kissimmee, Florida is the son of George L. Lange and the late Margaret Lange. He is a 1974 graduate of Plum Senior High School. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in history from Slippery Rock University in 1996, a master of arts/Ed.S. degree in counseling from the University of South Carolina in 2001, and a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Florida in 2005. He was employed as a district counselor of secondary education in the Osceola City School District; Park Place Behavioral Center, Kissimmee, as a drug and alcohol abuse counselor; a doctoral fellow at the University of Florida, and a psychometrist at the Counselng and Human Development Center of the University of South Carolina.
Maximilian Maxwell, O.S.B.
Brother Maximilian Maxwell, O.S.B.
Brother Maximilian Maxwell, O.S.B., of Philadelphia is the son of the late Robert Luke and Susan Maxwell. He is a 1992 graduate of West Catholic High School and graduated with a degree in communications from Saint Vincent College. Prior to entering the monastery he worked as an account manager for Kevin Kelly in Philadelphia.