From the Vocation Director...
Vocational discernment to religious life often begins with a confrontation of one's own inner restlessness and frustration with life's superficialities. We yearn for a more meaningful existence. We want to make a difference in the world. The monastic vocation is often born when such people discover that, for them, the best way to live such a life is by offering to God one's whole being and by focusing all their resources on seeking His presence and will. They realize that nothing else will satisfy.
Because a monastic vocation means a call to a specific monastery, the best way to test the intuition to monastic life is by spending time living the monastic rhythm of a particular community. We recommend that for an initial visit those interested spend about two to three days here at Saint Joseph Abbey where they will pray with the monks and learn more about monastic life through conversations with the vocation team and others in the community.
Please feel free to contact me to arrange a visit. Don't worry if you are uncertain. There is no commitment, and, should you decide this is not for you, we will be glad to have known you and will keep you in our prayers.
May God bless your journey into His fullness.
Fr. Ephrem Arcement, O.S.B.
Saint Joseph Abbey, Saint Benedict, LA 70457