Frequently Asked Questions:
What are the characteristics of Benedictine Spirituality?
- There are three key components Benedictine Spirituality. They are Liturgy of the Hours, Lectio Divina and Eucharist.
- Benedictine Spirituality includes the willingness to "Seek God" and to follow The Rule of Benedict.
- Listening to one another and the God within are essential, especially when living in community.
What are the signs of a monastic vocation?
- The desire to live in community on a daily basis plays a major role in monasticism.
- One must have a love of prayer and be willing to go with the daily challenges that come with it.
- Learning the importance of obedience to one another in community and to the prioress.
- Knowing that discernment consistently occurs in community, starting with those that you live with on a daily basis as well as with the community leadership team and the prioress.
What is monasticism? What is a monastery? How does it differ from apostolic life?
- People that live a monastic life put a high priority on prayer and living in community with others. Work, prayer and community are the key components of this type of life.
- A monastery is the main place where women live in community.
- Apostolic life focuses on active ministry. Service to others is very important to those that follow an apostolic life.
How do I know if I have a call?
- You want more in life.
- There seems to be a desire to frequently look for something deeper.
- A hunger from within exists to know and serve God more fully.
- The feelings you have about religious life seem to always remain with you, don't disappear, and no matter how hard you try to forget them, they remain.
How do I apply and what are the steps in your formation process?
- There is a discernment process that is first led by our Vocations Director.
- More details on our formation process can be found in the Paths of Formation section of our Vocations web page.
What promises (vows) do Benedictine Sisters take?
- Our Sisters make promises not vows.
- In our Benedictine Federation Documents it states, "By the grace of God we are committed in baptism to a life of faith, hope and love. Monastic profession opens us further to this myster of life in God begun in baptism. In daily living we seek and find God through the threefold promise of stability, conversatio (continued fidelity to monastic life) and obedience. Christian monastic tradition holds that celebate chastity and monastic poverty are also indispensable to the common life."
What types of ministries are the Sisters involved in?
- Sisters within our community are or have been involved in many different types of ministry. They are as follows:
- Education: Principals, high school/middle school teachers, college professors
- Health Care: Nurses, nurse practitioners, psychologists
- Pastoral Ministry: Parish administrators, faith formation directors, religious education, campus ministry, retreat center work, diocesan offices, spiritual direction
- Social Ministry: Peace and justice, services to the poor, elderly, minorities and prisoners, pastoral counseling, pastoral care, daycare
- Service Within the Monastic Community: Sisters work in many of the offices that help with the day to day operations of the monastery. This could be anything from housekeeping, to cooking to communications/development
- Prayer Ministry: Our elderly sisters that are no longer able to work a full or part time job faithfully pray for the many people that request our prayers.
Can I continue to work in the area that I studied in (my selected professional career) once I enter the community?
- There is a big possibility that you will be able to work in the area that your were trained in, but there is no guarantee.
- Your gifts will be discerned with the leadership team of the community and decisions will be made based on the needs of the community.
How does your community support itself?
- We support ourselves through our ministries that we do as paychecks from Sisters that work outside of the monastery go to the monastery instead of to the Sister.
- Our benefactors also assist in keeping our ministries going
Do you have money of your own that you can use while living in the monastery? How are finances handled when I enter the community?
- You do have access to money of your own, but that access is limited. The Financial Office Leadership Team Representative will assist you with your individual questions and concerns around this topic.
- When you first enter the community as a Postulant, you are given a stipend to use each month for expenses. As a Novice and beyond, you prepare a proposed budget which is reviewed and approved by the Leadership Team with help from the Financial Office.
- If you have a car, you may bring it to the monastery. There are policies that must be followed concerning its use.
- If you own a home, the Financial Office Leadership Team Representative will assist you with your questions concerning your specific situation.
- If you have debt, the Financial Office Leadership Team Representative will assist you with your questions concerning your specific situation.