Three St. Bernard Monks Make Profession of Final Monastic Vows

It was a grand celebration at St. Bernard Abbey on Monday, August 6, 2018 as three monks made their Profession of Final Monastic Vows in the Abbey Church.

The monks are pictured above: Br. Dominic Lee, Br. Pachomius Alvarado, and Br. Paschal Pautler with Abbot Cletus Meagher.

Fr. Marcus Voss, Junior Master of the monastery, along with Fr. Bernard Denson, who served as Master of Ceremonies presented each as a candidate for final vows to Abbot Cletus Meagher, O.S.B. and the community. After the community had given their affirmation, Abbot Cletus delivered a homily for the occasion. In his remarks he spoke of the vowed life and the rich monastic tradition that is the heritage of those who live the Benedictine vocation.

Following the ancient custom, each read their vows before the Abbot and then signed the document on the altar. After the singing of the prayer of profession, they were clothed in the monastic cuculla, a robe given to monks who have solemnly professed their final monastic vows.

Brother Pachomius (Gustavo) Alvarado, 40 years old, was born in Matanzas, Cuba.

He has one older sister who lives in Cuba with his mother. His father is deceased. While in Cuba, he worked for a marketing and public relations company in Bogota, Columbia. He held that job for two years during which time he learned of the Benedictine monastery of Tibati in Bogota. After several visits to the monastery, he decided to join the monks in Bogota. However, after about a year and a half, he chose to leave Tibati before completing his Novitiate. While at the monastery of Tibati, he had met Fr. Joel Martin, OSB, of St. Bernard Abbey, who was in Colombia recruiting for the Prep School. Fr. Joel invited Br. Pachomius to visit St. Bernard Abbey which began his life in north Alabama. He currently serves as the Abbey Archivist.

Brother Dominic (Stephen) Lee, 24 years old, was born in Madison, Alabama.

His family moved to Huntsville, Alabama when he was about 10 years old. He has two older sisters and three younger brothers. One of his sisters is a Benedictine nun at the Abbey of St. Walburga in Colorado. Br. Dominic was homeschooled all through high school education. Br. Dominic is currently enrolled at Belmont Abbey College in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Brother Paschal (Gabriel) Pautler, 22 years old, was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama.

He has an older brother and sister, as well as a younger sister and two younger brothers. He attended St. Rose Academy in Birmingham before coming to St. Bernard Prep for his high school education. He graduated from SBP in May 2014 and entered the monastery just a few weeks later. Br. Paschal is currently enrolled at Belmont Abbey College in Charlotte, North Carolina.

After the liturgical celebration, the congregation was invited to join the monastic community for a festive dinner in the St. Bernard Dining Hall.

St. Bernard Abbey is Alabama’s only Benedictine Abbey and home to over thirty monks. For more information visit www.stbernardabbey.com.

Three St. Bernard Monks Make Profession of Final Monastic Vows

 

Three St. Bernard Monks Make Profession of Final Monastic Vows

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