Solemn Vows

 Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., of Saint Vincent Archabbey, Latrobe, received the solemn vows of two Benedictines on Wednesday, July 11, during Mass at the Archabbey Basilica.

After spending one year as a novice and three years as junior monks, a period of reflection and monastic formation, the Benedictine brothers may petition for solemn vows, which are a commitment to monastic vows for life. Making their professions were Br. Mark Floreanini, O.S.B., of Alliance, Ohio, assistant manager of the Basilica Gift Shop and assistant in the Vocation Office; and Br. Brian Boosel, O.S.B., director of sacristies, socius of novices and assistant archivist for the archabbey.


Brother Mark L. Floreanini, O.S.B., is a son of the late Bruno and Betty Floreanini of Alliance, Ohio. He has two sisters, Debbie Scott of Sebring, Ohio and Faith Babbit of San Antonio, Texas; and two brothers, Tim Floreanini of Sebring, Ohio and Harry Floreanini of Lisbon, Ohio.

He attended St. Joseph’s Elementary School, Alliance, Ohio; and is a 1974 graduate of West Branch High School, Beloit, Ohio. He received an associate degree in fine art from Sinclair Community College in 1987.

He made his first profession of vows on July 11, 1998.

He served as assistant guestmaster at Saint Vincent Archabbey, and he has worked on stained glass ornaments for the Archabbey Studios. In 1999 he was named assistant manager of the Basilica Gift Shop. In 2000 he was named an assistant in the Vocations Office.


Brother Brian David Boosel, O.S.B., is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph L. Boosel of Butler. His brothers are Jason A. Boosel of Indiana, and Adam C. Boosel of Butler.

He attended Butler Catholic Elementary School and Butler Area Senior High School, where he graduated in 1992. He received a bachelor of arts degree in history from Saint Vincent College in 1996 and was a graduate student in history at Slippery Rock University from 1996 to 1997.

As a college student he was named to “Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities” in 1996 and received the Student Government Service Award in 1996. He was a four-year member of the Saint Vincent College Student Government Association and was president of the Saint Vincent College Student Government from 1995 to 1996.

He made his first profession of monastic vows on July 11, 1998.

In 1998 he was named assistant archivist of the Saint Vincent Archabbey Archives, assistant master of ceremonies and sacristan. In 1999 he was named socius of novices in the Archabbey Formation Program. In 2000 he was appointed Director of Sacristies.