Vocations: Answering God's Call
Encouraging monastic vocations is vital to the future
of all of Saint John's.
New vocations ensure an ongoing Benedictine presence in the apostolates of the abbey. The students in our schools benefit from the strong moral, spiritual, and principled leadership provided by the presence of monks who serve as the schools' teachers, faculty residents, spiritual directors, administrators, chaplains, and counselors. Parishioners benefit
from the pastoral leadership of pastors who have been formed with a biblical and liturgical spirituality.
To increase vocations, the abbey seeks to enhance its visibility through keeping current the vocations' ever-evolving website and by expanding outreach programs that invite young men to experience the monastic environment of prayer and service. In addition, after joining the community, young monks must continue to receive excellent spiritual and theological training to prepare them to serve with Saint John's traditional generosity of spirit. Attracting vocations is important but it is just as important to have a strong formation program during the new monks' early years.