and architecture. Thinking of it as a
blind date with a monastery, he went
on a discernment retreat, sporting
dreadlocks, a long beard, tattoos, and
dicey curriculum vitae.
“They were looking at me and
saying ‘What?’ ” Love recalls.
Father Odo Recker, the vocations director at Mount Angel,
admits that he did not know at first
what to do with Love. No one had
looked and spoken like that before
while trying to enter the monastery.
“It was realizing that this was
the real deal,” says Recker. “This has
been a very positive thing for us. You
need to be open to God’s surprises.
You need to be not too quick to
Welcoming the new recruit
pushed Mount Angel’s famous hospi-
tality up a notch.
“I was very transparent with
them,” Love says. “This was not my
plan anyway, so if it didn’t work out,
well, that would be all right.”
A year elapsed between his first
discernment retreat and his entrance
into postulancy, a short-term live-in
experience. During that period in be-
LOVE MAKES HIS
final vows with two
other men in 2014,
Brother Jesus Maria
Leija, O.S.B. and
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