Brother Barnabas Professes Solemn Vows

After spending a year as a novice and three years in temporary vows, Brother Barnabas O’Reilly, O.S.B., of Johnstown, professed solemn vows, or vows for life, on July 11 at Saint Vincent Archabbey, Latrobe, Pennsylvania, before Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B.

Brother Barnabas (Michael) O’Reilly is the son of Lawrence and Eileen O’Reilly of Johnstown. He has two brothers, Russell and Patrick, and two sisters, Shannon and Kathleen.

He is a 2008 graduate of Bishop McCort High School. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in biology and theology in 2012 from Saint Vincent College. He began studies at Saint Vincent Seminary in 2016. In 2018, he received the master of arts degree in Catholic philosophical studies, cum laude.

He entered the novitiate at Saint Vincent Archabbey on July 1, 2015 and made simple profession of monastic vows on July 10, 2016. He made solemn profession of vows on July 11, 2019.

Prior to entering the monastery, he was employed as a laboratory technician at the University of Pittsburgh and then worked for two years with a Catholic Missionary group known as “Saint Paul’s Outreach” (SPO) at West Virginia University.

Following simple profession, he was assigned as assistant to the director of Campus Ministry, Saint Vincent College (2016-present), and a Benedictine resident in Gerard Hall (2016-present).