Br. Benedict Dyar, O.S.B., is currently in his second year of theological studies at St. John’s School of Theology-Seminary in Collegeville, Minnesota. Br. Benedict entered the novitiate at St. Bernard Abbey in 2007, and professed solemn vows in 2011. He says that his favorite academic topic at St. John’s is “with out a doubt the monastic studies,” because he enjoys learning about, and developing a greater appreciation for, the early monastic fathers and mothers from whom we have ultimately received the Benedictine tradition.
During the recent Christmas break, the monks away at school returned home to St. Bernard. While home, Br. Benedict was installed as a Lector by Abbot Cletus. The office of Lector is the first of two minor orders (the second being Acolyte) before ordination to the diaconate. For Br. Benedict, “the thought of ordination to the diaconate and priesthood is both sobering and exciting.” He says that he desires to respond God’s will and wants to be a priest “for the people of God.”
I the early part of this summer, Br. Benedict will attend St. John’s Holy Land Tour. Afterward, he looks forward to spending the rest of the summer home at St. Bernard. His duties at St. Bernard include: Assistant Vocation Director, Socius for the novitiate and postulancy, and groundskeeping. Although Br. Benedict thoroughly enjoys his time at St. John’s, he says that he looks forward to the day that he can “come home permanently to serve our community.”