Brother Aloysius Professes Simple Vows

By Brother Francis R. McCarty, O.S.B. | July 7, 2018

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Brother Aloysius, O.S.B. with Abbot Mark, O.S.B. and his parents and siblings

Brother Aloysius Ryan Sarasin, O.S.B., has professed temporary vows as a monk of Saint Anselm Abbey. On July 7, 2018, Abbot Mark Cooper, O.S.B. presented Brother Aloysius with the full monastic habit and a copy of the Rule of Saint Benedict.

Through his temporary profession of vows, Brother Aloysius begins his three-year "Juniorate" phase where he embraces the vows of the Order of St. Benedict: obedience, stability, and conversatio morum (fidelity to monastic life) as cited in chapter 58 of the Rule of Saint Benedict. Upon completing three years after careful prayer and deliberation, he may petition the monastic community to profess solemn vows and become a permanent member of the monastic community.

Brother Aloysius (Ryan) Sarasin is from Leominster, Massachusetts. He graduated from Saint Anselm College in 2017 with a degree in Theology and a minor in Philosophy. Brother Aloysius graduated from Saint John’s High School in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts in 2013.

“God works in mysterious ways and I am extremely blessed to be called to the monastic life and this great community of monks,” said Brother Aloysius. “I am extremely thankful for the full support from my confreres, family, friends, students, and the college community. It has made the decision to take vows much easier.”

Brother Aloysius will pursue theological studies this fall at Saint Meinrad Seminary and hopes to be ordained to the priesthood.