Just before None on Christmas Eve, Fr. Abbot vested five new novices in the white habit and gave them their new name and religious patron. These young men have begun to follow in the footsteps of St. Norbert, who brought renewal to the clergy, ministry to the faithful, and healing to the Church.
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(Eric Peterson, 30, from Eagan, MN).
After Levi, also known as St. Matthew, the tax collector who left his customs post to follow Christ as His apostle and evangelist. His feast is kept on September 21st.
(Isaac Cassidy, 24, from the United Kingdom)
After St. Bruno of Cologne, the founder of the Carthusian Order and close advisor of the great Gregorian pontiff, Bl. Urban II. His feast is kept on October 6th.
(Aidan Parks, 24, from St. Francis, WI)
After St. Bonaventure, the seventh Minister General of the Franciscan Order, Cardinal bishop of Albano, and Seraphic Doctor of the Church. His feast is kept on July 15th.
(Alec Williams, 22, from Escondido, CA)
After St. Florian, soldier and martyr, whose patronage is invoked especially against fire and on behalf of those fighting fires. His feast is kept on May 4th.
(Nathan Bailey, 20, from Longmont, CO)
After St. Daniel, the prophet, a Jewish youth taken into captivity by Nebuchadnezzar II of Babylon and serving the king and his successors with loyalty and ability, all the while remaining true to the God of Israel. His feast is kept on July 21st.
The newly-vested novices have heard God's call for holy priests. And, in courage and humility, they have begun to test their call to the priestly life. May we all enter the new year renewed in our love for Christ, and may we never shrink from his calls to follow him in ever greater ways.