Two Benedictines from Saint Vincent Archabbey will be ordained to the diaconate on Saturday, May 27 by Most Rev. Edward C. Malesic, Bishop of the Diocese of Greensburg, at Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica. Brother Joachim Morgan, O.S.B., is the son of Charles and Laura Morgan of White Lake, Michigan. Brother Lawrence Machia, O.S.B., is the son of Keith and Louise Machia of Swanton, Vermont.
Brother Joachim is a 2006 graduate of Ludington High School and earned a bachelor of science degree in French from Central Michigan University in 2009. He entered the novitiate of Saint Vincent Archabbey in 2010, and made simple profession of vows in 2011. He enrolled at Saint Vincent Seminary in 2011. He professed solemn vows on July 11, 2014.
In 2011, He served as assistant of the assistant to the manager at the Saint Vincent Gristmill General Store (2011-2013) and assistant for the summer retreat program (2011-present). In 2013 he was named assistant to the director of the Oblate Program. In 2014 he was named assistant director, Archabbey Guests and Guest Facilities. The following year he was appointed sacristan and assistant master of ceremonies as well as assistant to the director of the Saint Vincent College Bookstore.
Brother Lawrence 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 entered the monastery of Saint Vincent Archabbey as a novice in 2012 and made his first profession of vows, or simple vows, on July 10, 2013. He professed solemn vows on July 11, 2016. He began studies at Saint Vincent Seminary in 2013. He has served as named assistant food service liaison for the west and east lounges (2013-2014) as well as assistant to the director of vocations (2013-present) and assistant, summer retreat program (2013-2014). He was appointed as a lab assistant in the astronomy program at Saint Vincent College (2013-present).