Fr. Basil Nixen, O.S.B.
My name is Fr. Basil Nixen. I was born in Mesa, Arizona and shortly thereafter moved with my family to Yuma, Arizona, where I grew up and lived until I was 19 years old. In my family there are 5 of us, my mom and dad, my older brother, myself, and my younger sister. My brother and sister are both married and live in Arizona, and my parents still live in the home I grew up in. I come from a Mexican-American background and was raised from my earliest days in the Catholic faith. My father is a permanent deacon for the Diocese of Tucson, and both he and my mother have always remained close to and served in the bosom of the Church.
Prior to entering the monastery, I was a seminarian for my home diocese and completed my philosophy studies at the Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio. During this time, however, I began to sense a call to the religious life, and when I discovered the Monastero di San Benedetto in Norcia in June of 2003, I began to see that this was the answer to the call I was feeling as I progressed through my years in the seminary. Eventually I entered the community, drawn by the beautiful liturgical life and the commitment to living an authentic monastic life. I made solemn vows on August 6, 2008.
I completed my theology studies at the International Theological Institute in June of 2010 and was ordained a deacon on March 19, 2011. By the grace of God, I was ordained a priest on September 24, 2011. During my time as a monk, I have served the community in various roles such as choir master and kitchen master and have helped with the formation of new monks.
I have drawn particular inspiration in my life as a monk from St. Basil the Great, St. Gregory the Great, and St. Maximus the Confessor, and I hope that they will continue to guide me to be a faithful monk.