Vocation Profile - Cistercian Monastery of Our Lady of the Holy Spirit
Cistercian Monastery of Our Lady of the Holy Spirit
This Order is a monastic institute wholly ordered to contemplation. The monks dedicate themselves to the worship of God in a hidden life within the monastery under the Rule of St Benedict.
According to their Rule, the community meets seven times a day for communal prayer of the Divine Office beginning with Vigils at 4:00 A.M. and ending with Compline at 7:30 P.M. They lead a monastic way of life in solitude and silence, in assiduous prayer and joyful penitence as defined in their Constitutions, thus rendering to the divine majesty a service that is at once humble and noble. Once the monk has given his 'Yes' to the Lord's invitation to a life in which God is preferred before all else, he finds in the monastery a setting in which everything is structured to enkindle remembrance of God.
The monastic practices foster an awareness of Christ's presence, the deep, abiding sense of His delightful companionship and His will to continue the work of the Father in us. The deep joy and peace experienced are the fruits of this friendship that overflows into the communal life he shares with his brothers.
Practicing Catholic; single; some college and/or work experience; US citizen or permanent resident; free of debts, long term family obligations, addictive behavior; good health
Postulancy is for six months, followed by the novitiate of two and a half years. Temporary vows of obedience, stability and conversatio morum are for three to six years.