Three monks were ordained on Saturday, July 14, by The Most Rev. Lawrence E. Brandt, J.C.D., Ph.D., Bishop of Greensburg. Brother Shawn Matthew Anderson, O.S.B., was ordained to the priesthood, while Brother Michael Gabler, O.S.B., and Brother Matthias Martinez, O.S.B., were ordained to the diaconate.
Father Shawn Matthew is the son of Colleen L. Anderson of Clearfield, Pennsylvania and the late James C. Anderson. He is a 1987 graduate of Clearfield Area High School. He received a bachelor of science in pharmacy degree from Duquesne University in 1992 and has studied philosophy at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is a 2007 graduate of the Saint Vincent Seminary. His sister, Mary (Anderson) Hansen and her husband Darrek are currently serving the Peace Corps in Mauritania, Africa. He entered the novitiate at Saint Vincent Archabbey in July of 2001 and made his first vows on July 10, 2002 and solemn vows on July 11, 2005. He currently serves as an assistant in the Archabbey Vocation Office, a teaching assistant in the Saint Vincent College Biology Department and as the monastery bread baker. Father Shawn served his deacon internship at Saint Benedict Parish in Carrolltown.
Brother Michael J. Gabler is the son of Michael F. and Margaret A. Gabler of St. Marys. He attended St. Marys parochial school and is a 1985 graduate of Elk County Catholic High School. He earned a bachelor of science degree in M.I.S. from Penn State University in 1989. He has two sisters, Lori A. Lingenfelter of Ridgway, Melanie A. Meyer of St. Marys, and a brother, Sean, of St. Marys. He entered the Saint Vincent monastic community in 2002 and made first profession of vows on July 10, 2003. He made solemn profession of monastic vows on July 11, 2006. In 2003 he was named assistant manager of the Gristmill General Store and assistant building manager and miller at Saint Vincent Gristmill. He served as an assistant in the Archabbey Public Relations office from 2003 until 2006. In 2004 he was named building manager of the Gristmill. Brother Michael will serve his deacon internship at Saint Benedict Parish, Carrolltown, Pa.
Brother Matthias Martinez is the son of Lynda C. Martinez of Latrobe and the late Edelmiro Martinez, Jr. He is a 1993 graduate of Northfield Mt. Hermon High School. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy in 1999 from Saint John Seminary College, and has also studied at Babson College and Saint John Seminary. He has one sister, Janalyn Pentlow, of Astoria, New York. In 2004, he was named assistant archivist and assistant master of cermonies/ sacristan at Saint Vincent Archabbey. In 2005 he was named assistant curator of the archabbey music collection. He also serves as the Benedictine Resident of Wimmer Hall at Saint Vincent College and as a Campus Ministry Assistant. He made simple profession of monastic vows on July 9, 2004 and solemn profession of monastic vows on July 11, 1007. Brother Matthias will serve his deacon internship at Saint Mary Parish, Saint Mary’s, Pa.