What are the requirements for acceptance into this contemplative community?
We are open to entering into a discernment process with women from various cultures who are between the ages of 18 to 45 who are in good physical and mental health.
Practicing Catholic Faith for at least two years. Free of financial and/or family obligations.
You will need to be:
- Flexible and adaptable
- At ease with silence and solitude, yet comfortable with the interaction of community
- Capable of taking initiative, capable of following instructions
- Willing to accept assigned tasks
- Able to keep commitments
- Willing to embrace the needs of others in prayer, and believe that this ministry makes a difference
How do you see yourself as being part of the Church today?
There are many different ways of serving in the Church (e.g. teachers, preachers, social workers, parents, etc.). We believe that our Ministry of prayer, while hidden, is vital in sustaining the Church, and those who are called to minister on the ‘front lines.’
If I were to enter, would I still be able to have contact with my family?
Yes, we welcome family members to visit the monastery to get to know the community.
What do you do all day?
The monastic day has a delicate balance of prayers and work. At regular intervals the Sisters gather for prayer. As an extension of her prayer, each Sister helps with the work of the monastery. There is a great variety of works to be done (e.g. packing altar breads, maintenance, correspondence, preparing liturgy, office work, cleaning, preparing for guests, caring for our sick and elderly Sisters, and many more). By assuming responsibility for her duties, each Sister contributes to her support, serves the community, and gives glory to God. The gifts and talents of the Sisters are also encouraged and appreciated.
What type of silence do you have?
Silence is our gift to one another so that in the house of the Lord, prayer is always possible. Our `Night Silence′ extends from 7:30 p.m. until after Mass the next morning. During the day, we maintain a quiet, prayerful atmosphere, but speak as is necessary at work. We enjoy conversation during our noon and evening meals, and at our time of daily recreation.