To Be a Monk

Have you ever considered a monastic lifestyle? It takes dedication and a commitment to your community to embark on this journey. Cistercians are often called to a particular Monastery, rather than to a particular Order. Those interested in becoming a monk can inquire at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit through exploration, visits to our grounds and live-in observership.

Considering the Monastic Path

As monks, we feel that to live our life skillfully, it is important that one be in reasonably good physical, mental and spiritual health. To embark on this life-giving journey, we would want you to have what it takes to develop in interdependence as well as to be unmarried, Catholic, free of obligations arising from the needs of family members or previous marriages and debt. You would need to have enough emotional maturity to accept the challenging, yet rewarding nature of community living.

The Process of Becoming a Monk

The discerning process of becoming a monk consists of three stages:

 1. Exploration

This phase consists of gathering information about our life through contact with the vocation director, Brother Elias.

 2. Visits to our Monastery

Should you and our vocation director agree that the process is worth pursuing, we would invite you to come visit. During your time with us you would pray, work, eat and interact with the monks to provide you with a sense of what we do on a daily basis.

We feel that you would find prayer and a quiet pondering setting to set the tone of your initial visit. Should you and the vocation director decide that you could be called to this community, more serious discernment would then be indicated. At this point, you would be invited to visit with a few monks to talk the matter over with them in a climate of mutual respect.

 3. Live-In Observership

After conversation and careful consideration between you and the monks, you would be invited to live inside of the monastery. During these two months, you would live the full life of the monk and be fully immersed in their daily routines.

For more information, watch this video to determine if the Cistercian Monastic Life for you.

Is the Cistercian Monastic Life for you?
Recommended Readings

Intrigued by the monastic lifestyle? We’ve recommended readings to help you gain a deeper understanding of the community and discernment.


You can learn more about our life at our American Region's website. It has a Newcomer's Guide to Trappist life, Steps to Becoming a Monk or Nun, and much more information about all our Cistercian monasteries in the USA. American Region's Vocation Website: /
Our Vocation Director is Br. Elias Marechal (770) 483-8705 (extension 360)

Vocation Retreats Schedule:
March 14-17, 2016
July 1-3, 2016
November 25-27
No charge for these retreats.
Age limit for these retreats is 45.
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