If you are between the ages of 20 and 50, one of the best ways to determine if God is calling you to the monastic way of life and this abbey is to make a visit. In doing so, you can immerse yourself in our life of prayer and work. First, you would be able to regularly pray with us in choir. Secondly, you would take meals with us and work along side one of our monks so that you can see how we balance prayer and work in our monastic life.
In order to arrange for a visit, you would first begin by speaking with your Pastor. If he is in agreement that an overnight immersion stay would be helpful, then he would simply need to contact Br. Francis or Fr. Elijah to approve the visit. He can either call or email them at the contact information provided.
While anyone may pay for a room to stay at our retreat center and pray with the monks, a free immersion experience is more in-depth and involves us monks opening up our home, refectory, prayer, and work. For that reason, we are very open to the experience as long as we know a man is serious and committed to exploring monastic life as a vocation. After your Pastor has contacted Brother or Father, you may then contact them to arrange for this monastic overnight stay.
Option one is for our regularly scheduled Vocation Weekends held the first weekend of every month. You would arrive on Friday evening and depart on Sunday afternoon.
Option two is to schedule a private time to visit for a few days. This is often needed if your present work schedule does not allow for our Vocation weekends. We usually recommend at least a two night stay.
Option three is for our annual “Monastic Plunge Vocation Retreat” which is schedule in the summer of every year. It is a bit longer in format since it encompasses four nights and five days.