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Drogheda Independent - - NEWS -

BROTHER John Bap­tist DeCant, a na­tive of Ore­gon, Ohio, pro­nounced his First Vows as a monk of Sil­ver­stream Pri­ory on Thursday morn­ing, 1 Novem­ber 2018, the feast of All Saints.

Born Joseph Peter DeCant, Dom John Bap­tist is the son of He­len Mary DeCant, of Ore­gon Ohio, and of the late Ray­mond R. DeCant.

He is the brother of Janette Root, and un­cle to Janette’s three children. Dom John Bap­tist at­tended Holy Rosary School in Toledo, Ohio, and Car­di­nal Stritch High School in Ore­gon, Ohio.

The newly pro­fessed monk holds a B.S. in En­vi­ron­men­tal Sciences from Al­legheny Col­lege and an M.S. in Ecol­ogy from Colorado State Univer­sity; he is also a cer­ti­fied Med­i­cal Emer­gency Tech­ni­cian.

Prior to en­ter­ing Sil­ver­stream Pri­ory, Dom John Bap­tist worked for the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency in Ar­ling­ton, Virginia. Apart from serv­ing as the monas­tic in­fir­mar­ian, Dom John Bap­tist sup­plies the monas­tic ta­ble with an abun­dance of fresh greens and veg­eta­bles from the monastery two poly­tun­nels.

He is also in charge of the monastery’s poul­try and has suc­cess­fully raised var­i­ous breeds of chick­ens from the in­door stage of in­cu­ba­tion to the free–range pro­duc­tion of eggs.

Sil­ver­stream Pri­ory’s chapel was filled to over­flow­ing for the Pro­fes­sion cer­e­mony, which took place dur­ing the All Saints’ Day Mass.

Among the friends of Sil­ver­stream Pri­ory pre­sent were Fr Bren­dan Lud­low of Ra­toath, Fr Kevin Heery of Na­van, Fr John McKeever of Ar­magh, Lit­tle Sis­ters of the Poor, and Fran­cis­can Sis­ters of the Re­newal.

Ad­dress­ing Brother John Bap­tist dur­ing the homily of the Mass, the Prior of Sil­ver­stream, Dom Kirby said: “Je­sus has, for a long time, been draw­ing you to Him­self. It was this at­trac­tion and noth­ing else that brought you to Sil­ver­stream Pri­ory. You could have gone any­where in the world. It is in the im­pe­tus of this at­trac­tion that you will pro­nounce your vows to­day. It is this at­trac­tion that will keep you here in the clois­ter, where your life is hid­den away now with Christ in God’”.

Brother John Bap­tist DeCant

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