"Is God calling me to the monastic life?"
Discernment is a process of listening to the Lord’s voice.
Ongoing conversation with a trusted spiritual director or mentor is essential to the process.
Above all, time for prayer—for deepening of an intentional relationship with God in Christ—is what will help to perceive the prompting of the Spirit.
The Cistercian Way André Louf
Revelations of Divine Love Julian of Norwich
Beginning to Pray Anthony Bloom
In Search of God Basil Cardinal Hume
Prayer & Contemplation Robert Llewelyn
single status without debts or dependents
age 21- 40*
desire and willingness to seek God in the common life of the monastery
generosity of spirit and ability to live well with others
a sense of humor
good physical and psychological health
some college or work experience
trust in the Church as Christ’s body and participation in its sacramental and communal life
*Exceptions may be considered