The Congregation of Holy Cross, United States Province celebrated the First Profession of Vows by six men Saturday at Sacred Heart Church in Colorado Springs.

The novices spent the past year at the Holy Cross Novitiate in Cascade in deep prayer and reflection.

These six men are Christopher Brennan of Granger, Ind.; Michael Eardley of Grand Rapids, Mich.; Brian Kennedy of Pequot Lakes, Minn.; Brendan McAleer of Arlington Heights, Ill.; Brendan Ryan of Columbus, Ohio; and Timothy Weed of Grand Rapids, Mich.

"These first professions are the confirmation that God continues to bless and form His Church," said Novice Master Rev. Kevin M. Russeau, C.S.C. "The profession of these six men highlight a relationship between God and each novice that has been discovered and deepened throughout the novitiate year."

These vows allow the men to pursue careers as priests or brothers. The year spent in the novitiate is used to discern whether the religious life is fit for them.