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Sydney Body-Boarder Takes Vows as Benedictine Monk

Last edited 21st January 2018

Sydney Body-Boarder Takes Vows as Benedictine Monk

A 28-year-old body-boarder from Sydney, who loved spending time in the Australian sun and surf, recently pronounced his first vows as a Benedictine monk, at Silverstream Priory in County Meath, Ireland.

Brother Cassian Maria Aylward made his first profession on 13 January, the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, during Mass in the Oratory of the Priory. The vows, which are binding for three years, promise “Stability, conversion of manners, and obedience, as set forth in the Rule of Saint Benedict.”

Br Cassian, who was born at Mona Vale hospital and grew up in Beacon Hill on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, says he first thought about a religious vocation after a priest suggested it to him.

“While I was praying in church one day, after the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, a very kind and holy priest said to me, ‘You’re monk material.’ At that stage I was already open to the possibility of a vocation to the religious life in some capacity,” Br Cassian told The Catholic Weekly.

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