May 24, 2014
In the presence of the monastic community, his parents, his brother and sister-in-law and three nieces, many oblates and friends, Br. Ignacio (Jaime Raúl) Gonzalez made his solemn profession. The monastery church was too small to accommodate those attending, so it had to be held in the school auditorium.
Br. Ignacio is from Austin, Texas. After serving his enlistment time in the Marine Corps, he came to work in the Washington area for several years before joining St. Anselm’s. After postulancy and the novitiate, he began teaching some Spanish and Religion in our school while taking some courses at the Dominican House of Studies. He was recently recognized with other nominees by the Archbishop at a ceremony for outstanding evangelizers working in the diocese. He was nominated for that recognition because of his inspiring, innovative teaching of Religion classes in the school. This summer Brother will spend a month in Mexico improving his Spanish in preparation for teaching those language courses in the fall.
The Abbot and monastic community, our oblates and friends and all who know Br. Ignacio, are thankful to God for calling him by name, and for his answering, after the long period of testing, with professing solemn vows in the community at St. Anselm’s Abbey.