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May 8, 2015


Benedictine Father Nickolas Kleespie, left, and Benedictine Brother Lewis Grobe were ordained together May 2 at St. John’s Abbey and University Church in Collegeville, Kleespie to the prieshood and Grobe to the diaconate. Photo by Dianne Towalski / The Visitor

A year of service in another country can be a life-changing experience for anyone. But for Nickolas Kleespie and Lewis Grobe it had a profound impact on their lives.

The experience led them to a religious vocation, and the two were ordained together at St. John’s Abbey and University Church May 2 — Kleespie to the priesthood and Grobe to the transitional diaconate.

The St. John’s University students met briefly in Tanzania when Kleespie was finishing a year with the Benedictine Volunteer Corps and Grobe just beginning one. They made the decision to join the abbey at the same time, six years ago, and became fast friends.

Read more in The Visitor…