Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict


Novice joins Benedictine community at Saint Meinrad

January 20, 2016

Joshua Leeuw _2016_for _webIn a brief ceremony, Novice Joshua W. Leeuw was clothed in the Benedictine habit at Saint Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, IN, on January 19, 2016. He now begins a year of monastic formation, including study of the Rule of St. Benedict and monastic history. 

Novice Joshua, 28, of Columbia City, IN, 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 Congregation of the Holy Cross at the University of Notre Dame.

In 2013, he 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.

As a novice, he takes 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.