2017 Solemn Vows
Three monks made solemn profession of vows, or vows for life, on Tuesday, July 11 in the Archabbey Basilica. Brother Ignatius Camello, O.S.B., earned a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Notre Dame University, Cotabato City, the Philippines, in 1992. He came to the United States in 2001 and worked as an intensive care unit nurse for 13 years in Los Angeles, California.
Brother Matthew D. Hershey, O.S.B., is a graduate of State College Area High School. He earned a degree in special education from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2008.
Father Robert Keffer was born in Connellsville. He attended the Ivy School of Professional Artt in Pittsburgh, and the Academy of Art College in San Francisco, and received an associate degree. He entered the Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Spring Bank in Sparta, WI, in 1989, made his solemn vows in 1993, and was ordained a priest in 1995. He studied at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland, Saint Johns University in Collegeville, and at the Angelicum in Rome, Italy. His monastic formation took place at the Abbey of Hauterive in Switzerland. He came to Saint Vincent in May 2014 and will be making his final transfer of vows.