Called to Community
The Rule of Saint Benedict envisions a permanent, autonomous community, seeking God under the guidance of an abbot. The monks make common prayer the heart of every day. The love thus generated by preferring nothing whatever to Christ is expressed and shared
in generous hospitality and creative accomplishment.
Unlike most other Catholic religious congregations, each Benedictine monastery is autonomous, but the community is grouped juridically into a Congregation according to origin or geographic situation. Benedictine monasteries increase in numbers by starting foundations that later become independent. These Benedictine monastic families unite worldwide in a loose Confederation of Benedictine Monastic Congregations.
Typical Daily Schedule - Horarium
5:30 a.m. Rise / lectio / private prayer
6:25 a.m. Early breakfast available until 7:00 a.m.
7:00 a.m. Morning Prayer
7:30 a.m. Breakfast (silent)
8:15 a.m. Classes / work
11:35 a.m. Lectio / recollection
Midday Prayer, followed by buffet lunch and recreation
1:15 p.m. Classes / work
4:30 p.m. Lectio / recollection
5:00 p.m. Daily Mass (* weekends)
6:00 p.m. Supper (with reading) and recreation
7:00 p.m. Evening Prayer / Vigil (Mon-Sat)
7:40 p.m. Evening Quiet
8:00 p.m. Study / Free time
10:30 p.m. Night Silence until after breakfast
On Saturdays, Mass is at 11:30 a.m.
On Sundays, Mass is at 10:30 a.m. The Mass is broadcast live via Real Media.
Sunday Evening Prayer is at 5 p.m.