MOUNT ANGEL, Ore. – Mount Angel Abbey is pleased to announce the monastic profession of three monks.

Br. John Paul Le, OSB, professed solemn monastic vows in the Abbey Church on Sept. 12. Amongst a host of guests, seminarians, family and his own monastic community at Mount Angel, Br. John Paul committed himself to stability in the community, conversatio morum (“conversion of life”). He also pledged obedience according to the Holy Rule for the remainder of his pilgrim days on Earth.

Born Tarry Le in 1983 in Garden City, Kansas, Br. John Paul later moved to Oregon with his family. After completing his undergraduate work in life sciences at the University of Portland, Br. John Paul began to discern a deeper call to serve God.


He spent a few years as a missionary with the Salesian Brothers, even traveling to East Timor in Southeast Asia. His search for God’s will eventually led him to Mount Angel Abbey, where he entered the monastery as a novice in 2008. “Tarry” professed temporary monastic vows in September 2009, taking as his new name and patron Blessed Pope John Paul II. Having a great personal devotion to Our Blessed Mother, Br. John Paul has adopted his holy patron’s papal motto for his own – Totus Tuus or “totally yours.”


Brs. John Vianney Le, OSB, and Mariano Alva, OSB, professed temporary monastic vows in September. Br. John Vianney was born Tuan Le in 1980, in Nha Trang, Vietnam. He was still a boy when his family immigrated to the United States, settling in the Chicago area. As a young man, Br. John Vianney initially felt called to the diocesan priesthood. As a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Chicago, Tuan completed his undergraduate degree in philosophy from St. Joseph College Seminary at Loyola University. He also embarked on two years of graduate theology studies at Mundelein Seminary University at St. Mary of the Lake in Illinois.

Discerning God’s voice leading him elsewhere, Tuan left the seminary to pursue a short career in data entry and to test a vocation to the married life. Tuan eventually heard about Mount Angel through a friend and began to discern a call to monastic life. He entered the monastery as a novice in September 2012. Inspired by great appreciation of the priesthood of Jesus Christ, Tuan chose as his new patron St. Jean Marie Vianney, patron of diocesan priests.


Br. Mariano Alva, OSB, was born Emmanuel Alva in 1987 in Mexico. His family came to the U.S. when he was young, and he grew up in East Los Angeles. In high school, he became enamored with 1950s-style clothing and cars, and especially with automotive restoration. However, Emmanuel eventually felt called to serve the Lord in a deeper way and became aware of the Abbey through a priest cousin. He entered the novitiate at Mount Angel in September 2012 with his classmate, Br. John Vianney. Emmanuel’s great devotion to Our Lady led him to choose the name “Mariano,” with his patron Mary, Mother of God.

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