Vocations to the Monastic Life

The Monastery Is
a School of the Lord
—From The Rule of St Benedict

The Call to the Monastic Life

Saint Benedict, the patriarch of western monks, lived in Italy in the 6th century. He was heir to a monastic tradition that dates back to the first centuries of the Church and has its source in the Gospel: “As for yourselves,” says Jesus, “be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.” The evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience are means recommended by Christ for speeding the reign of love in souls, in which Christian perfection consists. To help them become perfect, Saint Benedict proposes to his disciples to seek God by living these counsels in monastic community under the authority of the Rule and of an Abbot who will be their spiritual father. In that framework, the monk seeks God and eternal life by imitating Christ along the paths of humility and obedience, preferring nothing to His love.

Over the centuries young men have answered the call to follow Christ. Today is no different then any other time and still young men hear and respond to the inner voice of Jesus to “Come Follow Me”.

Do you hear the call within to follow the Gospel and to live out the life of a greater union with God? The real joy of serving God and living a life within is quite simple. Our Community lives out each day a life modeled after the Rule Of Saint Benedict, the Gospels and living the Beatitudes as Jesus instructed as a way to follow Him.

“Listen my son, incline the ear of your heart and listen to your master’s precepts” —From the Rule of Saint Benedict

“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

Because we live and move in Christ, we begin each prayer service by chanting together as one person, “Come quickly to my aid!” This points to our unity as a monastic family, as opposed to a loose collection of individuals who hang out together…. with little or no awareness of what we really want to live for.

Each monk shares responsibility for this unity. We do this by seeking to remain faithful to our Benedictine charism, and its capacity to provide our brothers with the conditions needed for the emotional and spiritual growth that makes for deep peace and happiness.