On July 10, Mr. Robert Raber was received as a novice by the monastic community at Vespers. He received the name Brother James.
Father Elias Correa-Torres was appointed Formation Director, Vocation Director and Subprior for our community.
Our three novices, Brother Anselm Cundiff, Brother Ephrem Obermeyer and Brother George Rumley made their first profession of vows on the Feast of Saint Benedict (July 11).
Father Elias Correa-Torres, O.S.B. was ordained to the priesthood on April 25 by Bishop Peter Jugis, the Bishop of Charlotte. Father Elias celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving in the abbey basilica on April 27, the Octave of Easter.
Abbot Placid, Father Kieran and Brother Tobiah made a pilgrimage in April and May to the Shrine of the Blessed Virgin in Lourdes, France, with the Knights and Dames of the Order of Malta. Father Kieran was a guest of the Order of Malta, making the pilgrimage as a malade, and Brother Tobiah went as his companion.
Belmont Abbey College celebrated commencement exercises on May 17 with the Baccalaureate Mass and Graduation in front of the abbey basilica.
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