Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict


Novice joins Saint Meinrad monastic community

August 06, 2015

Pic _news _Novice _Tony _Wolniakowski _2015In a brief ceremony in the Chapter Room, Tony Wolniakowski was clothed in the Benedictine habit at Saint Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, IN, on August 5. He begins a year of monastic formation, including study of the Rule of St. Benedict and monastic history. 

Novice Tony, 28, is a native of Lansing, MI. Most recently, he worked for the State of Michigan as an insurance complaint analyst in the Department of Insurance and Financial Services.

After graduating from Pewamo-Westphalia High School in Westphalia, MI, he earned an associate degree from Lansing Community College in 2009 and a bachelor's degree in business administration from Northwood University in 2010.

He was a member of St. Joseph Parish in Pewamo, MI, where he volunteered as a faith formation teacher.

As a novice, he will take a year off from formal studies and trades. The novitiate is a time of prayer and learning intended to help a novice discern his vocation as a monk. At the end of this year, a novice may be permitted to profess temporary vows of obedience, fidelity to the monastic way of life and stability in the community of Saint Meinrad.