Two Benedictines from Saint Vincent Archabbey will be ordained to the priesthood on Saturday, May 19 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. At the Seminary’s May 11 commencement, he received the master of divinity degree, cum laude, as well as the Demetrius R. Dumm, O.S.B., Sacred Scripture Award, which is given by the faculty to the student who most demonstrates excellence in the study of Sacred Scripture. He professed solemn vows on July 11, 2014.
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 received both the master of divinity degree and the master of arts degree in systematic theology, both summa cum laude at the Seminary’s May 11 commencement.