Ordained to Priesthood

Father Stephen (Brian) Lawson ’08, O.S.B., of the Saint Anselm monastic community, was ordained to the priesthood by the Most Reverend Peter A. Libasci, Bishop of Manchester, on October 14 in the Abbey Church.

Father Stephen (Brian) Lawson ’08, O.S.B.The culmination of many years of monastic formation and four years of seminary training, Fr. Stephen’s ordination signifies his place in the holy priesthood of Jesus Christ.

Following the Litany of the Saints and the Prayer of Consecration, Fr. Stephen was invested with the priestly stole and chasuble by Abbot Mark Cooper, O.S.B. ’71, who also presented him for ordination.

During the ceremony, Fr. Stephen experienced, “a flood of emotions when Bishop Peter placed his hands over my head and anointed my hands. I was filled with joy and relief. Throughout the ceremony, I was thinking about the example of St. Stephen, my patron, and the Little Flower.”

Fr. Stephen completed his seminary studies by earning a Masters of Divinity at Saint Meinrad Seminary in Saint Meinrad, Ind. He is originally from Holyoke, Mass.

On October 15, he celebrated his first Mass of Thanksgiving in the Saint Anselm Abbey Church. Father Denis Robinson, O.S.B., rector of Saint Meinrad Seminary, served as the homilist.