Feast of St. Augustine Celebrated at St. Norbert Abbey
This year as the Norbertine Community of St. Norbert Abbey, De Pere, Wis., celebrates its annual observance of the Feast of St. Augustine, three men will take their next steps in honoring their commitments to the order.
In a Norbertine’s canonical life, professing the traditional vows of poverty, celibacy and obedience evidences complete dedication to God and to his confreres for a period of three years. Frater Jordan S. Neeck, O. Praem., will profess these simple vows on Friday, August 28. Abbot Gary J. Neville, O. Praem., will preside over the solemn rite.
Frater Neeck, who was vested in the white Norbertine habit in August 2013, is the son of Howard and Lynn Neeck of Phillips, Wis., where his home parish is St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church. He is a 2011 graduate of St. Norbert College, De Pere (Accounting), and previously worked as an accountant at MarquipWardUnited in his hometown.
The celebrations continue on August 28 as Frater Jacob G. Sircy, O. Praem., and Frater Bradley R. Vanden Branden, O. Praem., profess solemn vows, forging a mutual lifelong commitment to the canonical life between themselves and the entire professed community. Abbot Neville will preside over the solemn rites.
Frater Sircy, who was vested in the white Norbertine habit in August 2010 and professed simple vows in August 2012, is the son of Thomas and Marian Miklautsch of Minocqua, Wis., and Joseph Sircy of Cary, Ill. His home parish is Holy Family Catholic Church in Woodruff, Wis. A 2009 graduate of St. Norbert College (Religious Studies and Youth Ministry), Frater Sircy is pursuing graduate studies and a Master of Divinity degree at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.
Frater Vanden Branden, who was vested in the white Norbertine habit in August 2010 and professed simple vows in August 2012, is the son of Thomas and Joan Vanden Branden of De Pere, Wis., where his home parish is Our Lady of Lourdes. A 2009 graduate of St. Norbert College (Music Education), Frater Vanden Branden is pursuing graduate studies, a Master of Divinity degree, and an M.A. in Theology and Liturgy at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.
On Saturday, August 29, Frater Vanden Branden will also be ordained to the diaconate by Bishop Robert F. Morneau, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Green Bay.