May 8, 2015
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.