Today also, the monastic community welcomed one of our novices as a simple professed monk. Brother Guerric pronounced his monastic vows before the Abbot and the community in our Chapter Room during the Office of Terce. Members of Brother Guerric's family were invited into the monastic enclosure to witness the event. Having completed the initial 3 years of formation called the Novitiate, our Abbot removed the white cincture and white scapular of the novice and clothed Brother Guerric with the black scapular and leather Cistercian cincture.
Brother now joins the rank of our Junior monks and begins a period of further discernment, studies and deepening of identity as a Trappist-Cistercian monk of the Abbey of New Clairvaux.