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Trappist Vocations


Monastic Vocation Requirements


1. You should be a Catholic, unmarried, free of family obligations, etc.

2. You should be in good physical and mental health. The monastery must be assured that you can respond to the demands of close community living and contribute toward its need to earn its daily bread.

3. Since monks take a vow of obedience, you must be able to live with good will toward authority.

4. The monk is vowed to a celibate life, and his need for love and friendship must be found within the monastic life.

5. One of the monk’s most challenging ascetical practices is to learn to accept his brothers as they are and to be open to their criticism of his own faults. For this reason, the person who aspires to live monastic life must be able to let go of his own ideas and preferences when the majority of his brothers want to move in a different direction.

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Fr. Joseph Benedict’s Funeral Mass

Fr. Joseph Benedict Donnelly, 1916-2017

On March 11th, we buried our dear brother, Fr. Joe Ben, and here is Abbot Peter’s Homily for...

Fr. Joseph Benedict Donnelly

Fr. Joseph Benedict Donnelly, 1916-2017

On March 2nd, 2017 at approximately 11:50 pm, our Fr. Joseph died quietly in bed. Fr. Joseph was...

Ash Wednesday – 2017

Ash Wednesday Homily

On March 1st, 2017, our yearly celebration of Lent was inaugurated with a rousing homily by our Abbot.  We present...