Monk Profiles: Br. Ignacio Gonzalez

A native of Austin, Texas and a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, I came to Washington, DC in the mid-1990s to work on Capitol Hill in the office of my local representative. After completing my studies at the University of Houston, I returned to Washington to begin a career in both teaching and the foreign-exchange market.

As long as I can remember, I sensed a call to religious life, and after Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Washington in the spring of 2008, I began to seriously discern my vocation and entered St. Anselm’s Abbey in the fall of that year. I made my solemn profession on May 24, 2014, and every day I am aware of the gift that God has called me to be a monk in our nation’s capital. I currently teach a religion course on the New Testament plus all levels of Spanish in our Abbey School while working on my Master’s degree in Historical and Systematic Theology at the Catholic University of America.

What I like most about monastic life are three things: 1) 24-hour access to Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, 2) the structured and balanced daily monastic horarium, and 3) being part of a unique and venerable Benedictine tradition that spans 1,500 years of Church history. I consider it a great privilege to be included among the members of the monastic community of St. Anselm’s and am confident that Our Lord and St. Benedict are calling other men to join us in carrying out our small part in the New Evangelization. If any of what I wrote appeals to you, and you sense a similar prompting within your soul, please e-mail me at vocations@stanselms.org. I’d love to hear from you!

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