After a two year novitiate a young monk may pronounce temporary vows for a period of three years. These newly professed brothers are then known as the junior professed or simply juniors. After at least three years in this juniorate period, a monk may request solemn profession. At Spencer we presently have one junior professed- our Brother Michael.
Each spring the juniors from the monasteries of our Order in the United States gather for two weeks of conferences at one of our abbeys. The presenters are noted scholars who are invited to lead one week of study. Here are pictures taken during this year's juniorate gathering held at Mepkin Abbey.