Welcome to the website for the Office of Monastery Vocations for
Saint Meinrad Archabbey. Since you have landed here, you are
probably discerning a religious vocation and wondering if you might
be called to be a monk. Good. The Church needs faithful and
generous men who will accept the challenge of moving a little apart
in order to seek God and to share the fruits of their prayer,
study, and labor with the rest of the Church and the world as only
monks are able to do.
These pages will help you to better understand what a monk is
and how the monks of Saint Meinrad Archabbey are. The very best
description of a monk is perhaps found in the litany prayed over a
monk when he takes his solemn vows:
he be blameless in life.
he be strong in temptation.
he be wise and humble.
he be steadfast in prayer.
he be learned in Holy Scripture.
he be distinguished for obedience.
he be known for compassion.
he be diligent and skilled in his work.
he be serious and cheerful.
he be established in peace.
Men who are discerning often wonder if they are good enough,
strong enough and holy enough for this life. Lay those fears aside.
The newcomer is not expected to be holy already; he must simply
have the desire for holiness. St. Benedict writes in his Rule:
"Seeking his workman in a multitude of people, the Lord calls
out to him and lifts his voice again: Is there anyone here who
yearns for life and desires to see good days? If you hear this and
your answer is 'I do,' God then directs these words to you: If you
desire true and eternal life, keep your tongue free from vicious
talk and your lips from all deceit; turn away from evil and do
good; let peace be your quest and aim."
(RB, Prologue, vs. 14-17)
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