Brother Nathanael Polinski and Brother Elijah Cirigliano made solemn profession of vows, or monastic vows for life at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 11 before Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., of Saint Vincent Archabbey.
BROTHER NATHANAEL POLINSKI O.S.B.
Brother Nathanael Edward Polinski, O.S.B., is the son of Mary Ann Polinski of Duquesne and the late Raymond E. Polinski. He has two brothers, Raymond J. of New Kensington and Richard V. of Bethel Park.
He is a 1983 graduate of Serra Catholic High School and earned a bachelor of science degree in metallurgical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 1987. He received a master of business administration degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1993. He began studies at Saint Vincent Seminary in 2006. He entered the novitiate of Saint Vincent Archabbey in 2005, and made simple profession of monastic vows on July 10, 2006. He was appointed socius of novices and assistant to the director of Archabbey Finances and Investments in 2006, and serves on the faculty of Saint Vincent College.
Brother Elijah Cirigliano, O.S.B.
Brother Elijah Cirigliano, O.S.B. is the son of Caesar and Patricia Cirigliano of Waccabuc, New York. His sister is Patricia Cirigliano Kohn of Weston, Connecticut. His brother, Caesar, is from Nashville, Tennessee.
He is a 1990 graduate of John Jay High School. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in English from Duke University in 1993.
He entered the novitiate of Saint Vincent Archabbey in 2005. He made first profession of monastic vows on July 10, 2006. He served on the faculty of Saint Vincent College until 2008, and has been a liturgical musician for campus ministry since 2006. In 2006 he was named assistant organist and assistant choirmaster/schola director for the Archabbey. In 2007 he began serving as a Benedictine resident in Wimmer Hall. In 2008 he was named assistant to Archabbey and Seminary Development.
Brother Elijah produced and composed of The Way of the Cross, a musical depicting the Stations of the Cross.