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In recent years, several men have persevered and discerned the call to monastic life at Saint Martin's Abbey.
 
Br. Martin
 
At evening prayer on July 10, 2013, Thang Dinh of Tacoma began the novitiate at Saint Martin's Abbey. He received the name Martin after St. Martin de Porres (1579-1639), a Peruvian lay Dominican who was canonized in 1962. During Br. Martin's one-year novitiate, he will be assigned work in the monastery, take courses on topics such as the Rule of St. Benedict, the Psalms and Benedictine history and will have limited interaction and contact outside the monastery.  Br. Martin will prayerfully discern the call to take first (traditionally called "simple") vows on July 11, 2014, the feast day of St. Benedict.
 
Fr. Marion
 
On August 15, 2013, the feast of the Assumption of Mary, Fr. Marion Nguyen took his first (traditionally called "simple") vows to the Benedictine monastic life at Saint Martin's Abbey. Thus he has completed his one-year novitiate begun on August 14, 2012. Now he begins the three-year "juniorate" period of formation during which he will renew his vows on a yearly basis while discerning solemn vows at the end of his juniorate. As a junior monk, Fr. Marion will be assigned to work in the abbey and/ or in the university apostolate.
 

Br. Mark Bonneville, OSB 

On July 11, 2012, Br. Mark Bonneville took his solemn vows at Saint Martin's Abbey, three years after taking his first vows on July 11, 2009. Upon entering the novitiate on July 10, 2008, Br. Mark received his monastic name after St. Mark the Evangelist.

Fr. Peter Tynan, OSB 

On July 17, 2011, Fr. Peter Tynan was ordained to the priesthood with Archbishop Peter Sartain presiding. Fr. Peter completed his studies at Mt. Angel Seminary in Oregon. He took his solemn vows on July 11, 2008, three years after taking his first vows on July 11, 2005. Upon entering the novitiate on July 10, 2004, Fr. Peter received his monastic name after St. Peter the Apostle.

Br. Nicolaus Wilson, OSB 

On July 11, 2011, Br. Nicolaus Wilson took his solemn vows, three years after taking his first vows on July 11, 2008. Upon entering the novitiate on July 10, 2007, Br. Nicolaus received his monastic name after Blessed Nicolaus Steno, a 17th century priest and geologist. Br. Nicolaus is now studying at Mt. Angel Seminary.

Br. Luke Devine, OSB 

On January 7, 2006, Br. Luke Devine took his solemn vows, three years after taking his first vows on January 1, 2003. Upon entering the novitiate on December 31, 2002, Br. Luke received his monastic name after St. Luke the Evangelist. He is now studying for a PhD in Christian Spirituality at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California with the intention of returning to Saint Martin's to contribute to the academic life in the university.
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