Br. Joseph will be professing his final monastic vows this coming Wednesday (July 11th) on the Memorial of Saint Benedict. My wife, myself, and our kids are all pretty excited to be going.
So, what kind of a gift do you get for someone who has taken a vow of poverty?!?
Benedictine Brother Professes Final Vows
Release Date: June 18, 2007
COLLEGEVILLE, MINN. -- Benedictine Brother Joseph Schneeweis, OSB, will profess final monastic vows in Saint John's Abbey Church on Wednesday, July 11, 2007. He will make a public and solemn commitment to live the vows of stability, a monastic manner of life and obedience during the celebration of the Eucharist at 10 a.m. in the presence of Abbot John Klassen OSB, the Saint John's monastic community, family members, friends, colleagues and students.
Joseph was born on June 1, 1963, in the neighboring town of Melrose, Minnesota, where both his mother and father were teachers. His father died when Joseph was only five.
Joseph earned a bachelor of science in Secondary Social Studies Education from Saint Cloud State University, a master's degree in Library and Information Science from Louisiana State University and a master's degree in Philosophy from Loyola University in Chicago. Brother Joseph has also begun work on a master's degree in Divinity at the Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Mass.
Brother Joseph began his life as a religious among the Jesuits and worked at Catholic Worker houses in Houston, Chicago, and Tijuana, Mexico, as part of the Jesuit Formation Program from 1993 to 2002.
From 1998 to 1999, Brother Joseph served as a formation assistant and librarian at Arrupe College in Zimbabwe and as chaplain and coordinator of service programs at Loyola University, New Orleans, from 1999 to 2001.
Prior to joining the Jesuits, Brother Joseph served from 1987 to 1990 in the Peace Corps; one year was spent in Guatemala and two years in the Kingdom of Swaziland. He is proficient in both Spanish and French.
Brother Joseph entered the novitiate of Saint John's Abbey in September 2003. At the end of a year when he lived the abbey's full schedule of worship and work while studying the Rule of Saint Benedict, Sacred Scripture, and other topics related to the life of Benedictine monks, he applied and was accepted for temporary vows.
For the past three years Brother Joseph continued his monastic training under the direction of Father John Patrick Earls, OSB, Formation Director. Since the beginning of the fall semester 2004, Brother Joseph has been teaching and coaching track in Saint John's Preparatory School, Collegeville.
In August 2007 he will begin three years of language and theological studies in Italy. "As a history teacher," Brother Joseph says, "I am looking forward to living in the ancient city of Rome where historical reminders are found around every corner."