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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.

Community News & Events

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Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe 2016

Homily: Archbishop Vlazny

We celebrated another glorious feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on the December 12th and were especially blessed to have...

A Monastic Life Experience: Steve Fawver

Community News:

Our Monastic Life Participant from Spring 2016, Steve Fawver, has graciously agreed to share with us some of his thoughts about...

Br Clarence’s Funeral Homily

Br. Clarence Schneider, 1922-2016

On August 15th, 2016 our Br. Clarence died quietly while taking a walk in the infirmary.  On August 24th,...