Everything you ever wanted to know about monks but were afraid to ask!
The answers to the questions below reflect the lives of the monks of St. Andrew's Abbey, Valyermo, CA.
A man who gives his life to seek union with God in a monastic community through work and prayer.
We eat varieties of beef, poultry, chicken, seafood, pork, vegetables, and fruits.
We do many things, but our primary work is prayer.
We do not take a vow of silence. But we observe silence for twelve hours every day.
Yes. Some of us teach, some are in managerial roles, some do manual labor. All we do contributes to the life of the community.
Conversatio morum, (a conversion of life), obedience, and stability.
A priest is ordained to celebrate the sacraments; a brother is not, but both are called monks.
No. This allows us to give our love exclusively to Christ and His Church.
Yes we do. Family and friends can also visit us at the monastery.
It varies. At least 5 years. For some it can be longer.
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