On Thursday morning, 1 November 2018, the feast of All Saints, Brother John Baptist DeCant, a native of Oregon, Ohio, pronounced his First Vows as a monk of Silverstream Priory. Born Joseph Peter DeCant, Dom John Baptist is the son of Helen Mary DeCant, of Oregon Ohio, and of the late Raymond R. DeCant. He is the brother of Janette Root, and uncle to Janette’s three children. Dom John Baptist attended Holy Rosary School in Toledo, Ohio, and Cardinal Stritch High School in Oregon, Ohio. The newly professed monk holds a B.S. in Environmental Sciences from Allegheny College and an M.S. in Ecology from Colorado State University; he is also a certified Medical Emergency Technician. Prior to entering Silverstream Priory, Dom John Baptist worked for the Environmental Protection Agency in Arlington, Virginia. Apart from serving as the monastic infirmarian, Dom John Baptist supplies the monastic table with an abundance of fresh greens and vegetables from the monastery two polytunnels. He is also in charge of the monastery’s poultry and has successfully raised various breeds of chickens from the indoor stage of incubation to the free–range production of eggs.
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