On September 6th, the annual Feast of Our Lady of Solitude (La Soledad), Brother Santiago made his first profession of vows as a Benedictine monk at the Monastery of La Soledad, in the state of Guanajuato, Mexico, and near the city of San Miguel de Allende.

La Soledad is currently a dependent monastery of Christ in the Desert. Once the Soledad community has at least six monks in solemn (that is, permanent) vows, they can become an independent monastery.

Brother Santiago, who grew up in Venezuela and the United States, is pictured here with Prior Ezequiel of La Soledad.

Congratulations to Hermano Santiago and the monks of “Monasterio de Nuestra Senora de la Soledad.” Ad multos annos.

Abbot Christian and the monks