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Monk professes first vows at Saint Meinrad

January 23, 2017

170117_Br .-Elias -Leeuw -for -webNovice Joshua W. Leeuw professed his temporary vows as a Benedictine monk in a ceremony on January 20, 2017, at Saint Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, IN.

He has completed his novitiate, a year of prayer and study of the Benedictine way of life. As is the custom during the profession of vows, he chooses a religious name. Novice Joshua is now Br. Elias.

A native of Columbia City, IN, he attended Columbia City High School and graduated from Holy Cross College in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in theology. He then spent five years in formation with the Holy Cross Fathers at the University of Notre Dame.

In 2013, Br. Elias began a two-year stint as a theology teacher at Crespi Carmelite High School in Encino, CA. He has also done ministry work as a counselor, hospital chaplain, teacher and homeless shelter volunteer.

Temporary vows are typically for three years. This period offers a continuing opportunity for the monk and the monastic community to determine whether monastic life is, indeed, the right vocation for this individual.