12/21/2012 12:57:00 PM Monk ordained to the diaconate
Catholic Sentinel photos by Jose Salame
Br. Basil Lawrence puts in the deacon's dalmatic.
Archbishop John Vlazny and Abbot Gregory Duerr flank newly-ordained deacon, Br. Basil Lawrence.
ST. BENEDICT — Benedictine Brother Basil Lawrence was ordained to the transitional diaconate last month by Archbishop John Vlazny.
As early as age 14, Br. Basil sensed a vocation to the priesthood. He was accepted as a seminarian for the Diocese of Las Vegas upon graduation from high school and entered St. Francis Seminary in San Diego in the fall of 2002. When the seminary closed in 2003, Brother Basil transferred to Mount Angel Seminary.
After a year at Mount Angel, he began to discern a call to monastic life. In the spring of 2006 he withdrew affiliation with the Diocese of Las Vegas and became an affiliate of Mount Angel Abbey. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy in the spring of 2006 and made his profession in 2008.
Brother Basil’s duties have included being secretary to the abbot, public relations liaison, abbey vocations team member, schola member and barber.
While on the vocations team, he helped abbey discerners, co-produced an abbey DVD, and served as representative on the archdiocesan vocations committee. In addition, he was the religious seminarian representative to the seminary pastoral council and gave abbey tours and talks to visiting youth groups on the side. He is currently the assistant vocation director and assistant guest master for the retreat house.
Through it all, Brother Basil has still found time to continue his priestly studies and formation. He completed clinical pastoral education last summer in Mesa, Ariz., and will receive his Masters of Divinity and Sacred Theology degrees this spring. He will be ordained a priest in the summer of 2013.