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ST. MEINRAD – In a brief ceremony at the monastery entrance Aug. 5, Dane DeDecker was clothed in the Benedictine habit at Saint Meinrad Archabbey.
He now begins a year of monastic formation, including study of the Rule of St. Benedict and monastic history.
Novice Dane, 36, is from Geneseo, Ill. He attended Geneseo High School and studied for a year at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota in Winona. He was a member of St. Anthony Parish in Atkinson, Ill.
For the past 12 years, he has been an over-the-road truck driver.
As a novice, he will take a year off from formal studies and trades. The novitiate is a time of prayer and learning intended to help a novice discern his vocation as a monk.
At the end of this year, a novice may be permitted to profess temporary vows of obedience, fidelity to the monastic way of life and stability in the community of Saint Meinrad.