Two Benedictines of Saint Vincent Archabbey professed solemn vows or vows for life on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. They are Brother David Klecker, O.S.B., from Minnesota and Brother Dominic Leo, O.S.B., from India.
BROTHER DAVID KLECKER, O.S.B.
Brother David Klecker, O.S.B. of Saint Vincent Archabbey was born on July 26, 1975, the son of Robert Klecker of Eagon, Minnesota and Barbara Weiss of Hopkins, Minnesota. He graduated from Saint Paul Academy, Saint Paul, Minnesota, in 1993.
He received a bachelor of science degree in 1997 from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. He has done graduate work at the Angelicum in Rome, the Aquinas Institute of Theology, St. Louis, Missouri, and at Holy Apostles College and Seminary, Cromwell, Connecticut.
He professed vows as a Cistercian monk on August 29, 2005, and was ordained a deacon on August 20, 2011 while still a Cistercian monk.
He transferred to Saint Vincent Archabbey in 2015, and completed his master of divinity degree at Saint Vincent Seminary in 2016. He will be ordained to the priesthood by Most Rev. Edward C. Malesic, Bishop of the Diocese of Greensburg, on September 29, 2018.
He was assigned to the Archabbey Public Relations Office in 2015-2016 as an assistant, computer technology and Archabbey websites and as a videographer. In 2017 he was assigned to Benedictine Military School in Savannah, Georgia, as a faculty member in information technology. He also began attending Armstrong State University, Savannah, for graduate studies.
BROTHER DOMINIC LEO, O.S.B.
Brother Dominic Sylvester Leo, O.S.B., a native of India, is the son of M. Leo Joseph and Rita Leo of Bangalore. His siblings are Marina Balaraj of Muscat, Oman; Derick Leo of Austin, Texas and the late Frederick Leo.
He graduated in 1988 from Saint Aloysius Junior College in Bangalore, then received a bachelor of commerce degree in 1991 from Saint Joseph’s College of Commerce in the same city, majoring in taxation. He earned the master of science degree in information technology in 2004 from Karnataka State Open University.
Brother Dominic studied at the Seminary of Christ the King Mission, British Columbia, Canada, in 2012; at Saint John’s School of Theology and Seminary, Collegeville, Minnesota, in 2014 and is continuing studies at Saint Vincent Seminary that he started in January of 2015.
He entered the Benedictine Order from Saint Peter’s Abbey, Saskatchewan, Canada on April 12, 2014 and transferred his vows to Saint Vincent Archabbey on March 21, 2017. He will be ordained to the diaconate by Most Rev. Edward C. Malesic, Bishop of the Diocese of Greensburg, on September 29, 2018.
At the Archabbey he has been assigned as socius of novices (2017-present), sacristan and assistant master of ceremonies (2017-present) and blogger in the Vocation Office (2017-present), as well as assistant manager of the Gristmill General Store and miller at Saint Vincent Gristmill (2017-present).