Prefer nothing to the Love of Christ.
—from The Rule of Saint Benedict
“One thing I ask of the Lord; this I seek: To dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life. That I may gaze on the loveliness of the Lord and contemplate His temple.” —Psalm 27
This life of special consecration was established to keep the Gospel always before the People of God, as a reminder which manifests, certifies and proclaims to the whole Church the radical nature of the Gospel and the coming of the Kingdom. Jesus says, “Come follow me”. by saying yes to Jesus’ call to your dedication to prayer, asceticism and growth in the spiritual life, to apostolic action and mission, you are progressing towards the heavenly Jerusalem, you are a foretaste of the eschatological Church, solid in her possession and loving contemplation of God who is love. This is a monk’s life besides their deep communion with the life of the Church and their prayer for all. This has an important place in our life and Benedictine tradition has always considered this to be a part of the monastery’s role in the Church.
How much we need this witness today!
“Awe-inspiring is this place. It is the House of God and the Door to Heaven. We will call it God’s Temple.” —Psalm 83
The Nature And Purpose of Our Life
This Order is a monastic institute wholly ordered to contemplation. The monks dedicate themselves to the worship of God in a hidden life within the monastery under the Rule of St Benedict. They lead a monastic cloistered way of life in solitude and silence, in assiduous prayer and joyful penitence as defined in the Benedictine Constitutions, thus rendering to the divine majesty a service that is at once humble and noble.
The Steps Taken To Enter Into Community:
Candidates: Must be a practicing Roman Catholic. Men are accepted between the ages of 18 and 50. A minimum of High School and or higher education suitable for further graduate courses designed for those who will be entering priesthood.
Observer: A visit to community to participate in the daily prayer, work and monastic life of the monks. This is a period of three months or longer depending on the individual and further contact with the Vocation Director.
Postulant: The Observer decides to move into a more dedicated life as a member of the Community. The Postulant through a reception ceremony, receives a partial habit of the order of Saint Benedict.
Novice: After spending a year and 1 day as A Postulant, the brother then is ready to take the next step into the Novitiate. Upon being received into the Novitiate the brother takes temporary vows for three years. The full religious habit of the community is given. After three years final also known as life vows are made within the Community.