The Rt. Rev. Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., Archabbot of Saint Vincent Archabbey, Latrobe, accepted the solemn vows of four Benedictines on Saturday, July 11, during ceremonies at Saint Vincent Basilica.
After spending one year as a novice and three years as a junior monk, a period of reflection and monastic formation, the Benedictine brothers may petition for solemn vows, which are a commitment to monastic vows for life.
The four making their professions were Brother Anthony J. Grossi, O.S.B., a native of Butler; Brother Edward M. Mazich, O.S.B., originally from Danville; Brother Hugh D. Lester, O.S.B., formerly of Washington and Brother Matthew T. Laffey, O.S.B., a Pittsburgh native.