Br. Leo (Sean) Young professed simple vows (for three years) and received the monastic hood at the Mass for the Feast of St. Benedict, Patriarch of Western Monasticism on July 11, 2019. Present for the profession and celebration were the members of the monastic community, priests of the Diocese of Charlotte, members of the College community, as well as family and friends of Br. Leo.
Br. Leo is now a junior monk in our community and will begin to take on additional duties and responsibilities in the monastery and in the College. He is currently receiving training in playing the organ, and is likely to begin working with the monastic schola and with the music for the Student Mass in the College. The three years of juniorate continue to be a time of discernment for Br. Leo, as through prayer, he seeks to determine if God is calling him to this way of life.
Br. Leo is an alumnus of Belmont Abbey College, graduating in 2013 with a degree in English. He is originally from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. We are happy to congratulate him on reaching this step in his discernment of religious life!