- On June 11, 2020
We would like to introduce you to Brother Samuel and Brother Bernard. Our two new novices are adapting to life here at Belmont Abbey and they would like to share their stories.
From Brother Samuel:
“I am originally from Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. I was raised Catholic, but did not begin to take my faith seriously until my junior year of high school. I was part of a Christian homeschool co – op group, and a class I took in Christian apologetics peaked my interest in faith. I had never heard of Christian apologetics until that point, but I was really challenged to question and think about faith for the first time. I became attracted to the priesthood or some occupation in the Church after this time in high school, and I transferred to Belmont Abbey College for my junior year of college because I felt attending a Catholic college would help my discernment. I had no real knowledge of religious life before transferring, but after getting to know the monks and seeing the life they live, I felt called to apply about six months after I graduated from the college.“
From Brother Bernard:
“I had at a comfortable life. I was surrounded by close family and friends, deeply embedded in a Methodist church community, and had a dependable career as a correctional case manager with the State of North Carolina. But something was missing. I realized God was calling me to a deeper relationship with him.
This led me to the RCIA class at the local Catholic parish. I fell in love with Mary and the sacraments. I was blessed to celebrate my first Eucharist at the Easter vigils in 2014. As time passed, I visited several monasteries and after much spiritual direction, I discerned a calling to the Contemplative life and entered the Trappist Community at Mepkin Abbey. This experience was wonderful, but I felt called to a Benedictine life that included a more apostolic component. Over the previous years I had visited Belmont Abbey several times and was always impressed with the wonderful hospitality of the monastic community and their outreach to the college. I asked to discern with the community and was graciously welcomed into the postulancy and onto the novitiate. Belmont’s balance of community prayer, sacred reading, and contemplative prayer creates an environment that allows me to become more intimate with Jesus every day.“