Brother Lawrence (Shawn) Machia, O.S.B., who entered the monastery of Saint Vincent Archabbey as a novice in 2012, made his first profession of monastic vows, or simple vows, on July 10, 2013. He is the son of Keith and Louise Machia of Swanton, Vermont. He is a 2004 graduate of Missisquoi Valley Union High School. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in theology in 2008 from Eastern University. In 2011 he came to Saint Vincent, where he served as campus minister for social outreach, assisting the campus ministry team for spiritual and service programs. He will now enter Saint Vincent Seminary.
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