Q: Do I have to get up in the middle of the night?
A: No, our first community prayer is at 5:45 AM.
Q: Do the monks live in dormitories?
A: No, each monk has a simple but comfortable room.
Q: Do I have to give up my car?
A: Yes. In fact, no one is entitled to personal property. The monastery’s goods are held in
common for the benefit of all.
Q: Can I visit my family?
A: Yes, but generally in the summer when school is not in session, except in the case of
Q: How often do you pray together?
A: We pray together four times daily and at the community Mass. There is also time for
private prayer, another obligation the monks follow.
Q: Is there someone I can talk to about practical questions without bothering a monk?
A: Certainly, ask Dom Gregory, the Vocation Director. He will be more than happy to help you.
Q: You make it sound easy. Is it?
A: Actually, the call requires rigorous self-examination. You must also have a sincere love of
prayer, dedicated obedience, a capacity for solitude, and perseverance. The monk needs
all of these qualities and the desire to deepen them.
Q: What’s the process that leads to solemn profession?
A: See “Stages of Becoming a Monk” for the answer.