Two Saint Vincent College graduates will officially enter the monastery at Saint Vincent Archabbey as novices at morning prayer on Friday, July 10. They will spend a year in prayer and discernment as they determine their vocations as Benedictine monks.
Alex “Jimmy” Rosa, of Odenton, Maryland, a 2016 graduate of Mount Saint Joseph High School, Baltimore, enrolled at Saint Vincent College in 2016, completing a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy in 2020. An Eagle Scout, he was involved with Campus Ministry, Respect Life Club and Men’s Fellowship at Saint Vincent, and worked as an Admissions ambassador and tour guide. The son of Alex Rosa, Jr. and Margaret Rosa of Odenton, his home parish is Our Lady of the Fields in Millersville, Maryland. He has an older sister, Mary, of New Stanton.
Douglas John (D.J.) Hough is the son of Brian and Nicole Hough of Steubenville, Ohio. He has five brothers, Jacob, Isaac, Noah, Aiden, and Jonathan, of Steubenville, and three sisters, Nicole, Hannah, and Gianna, also of Steubenville. He attended West Shamokin Jr./Sr. High School, located in Numine, Pennsylvania, graduating in 2014. He earned a bachelor of science degree in early childhood and special education in 2018 from Saint Vincent College, summa cum laude. While a student, he was a student government executive board secretary, student leader in Campus Ministry, and a residence hall prefect. He also worked as an admissions ambassador, Bearcat B.E.S.T. job coach, and a Fred Roger’s Music Visit student co-lead. Before graduation, he selected as a finalist for the 2018 President’s Award. Upon graduation, he worked in the Ligonier Valley School District, acting as a graduate fellow and head coach for the middle school volleyball team. He is in the process of obtaining his masters degree in special education at Saint Vincent College while obtaining a certificate as a Registered Behavior Technician.
To watch the event live at 6:15 a.m. Friday, visit this link: https://vimeo.com/436171142