In order to become a Benedictine monk, you may initiate what is a long process with certain basic online activities. While your stages of monastic formation must occur under the guidance of a superior and within the confines of a monastery, there are some Benedictine monasteries that are reaching out to potential candidates across the Web. It also is possible to gather important information online, such as Benedictine history, the Rule of St. Benedict and how you can become a Benedictine monk.
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Sense a calling to lead a monastic life of service to God. This is an area for which you can turn to sites such as St. Benedict Monastery Online (see Additional Resources). For all the valuable guiding information available, you will need to meet other monks within the walls of a monastery. A Benedictine Superior will guide you through a process of discernment before you can begin the official stages of formation.
Study the Benedictine Order (OSB) and the Rule of St. Benedict online. (Included in Additional Resources) Many sites provide the distinguished history of the Benedictines and the full text of the Rule of Benedict. Keep in mind, as you learn more, that you already are in a discernment process. If you are responding to a genuine call, you likely will feel drawn further into the discernment and formation process.
Acquaint yourself with qualifications for becoming a Benedictine monk and the stages of formation. Technical requirements are to be a Catholic who has received the sacraments of baptism, Eucharist and confirmation. The stages of formation are Candidacy, Postulancy, Novitiate, Temporary Profession , and Solemn Profession. The Stages of Formation take approximately 7 to 10 years.
Submit to a Benedictine monastery an Initial Vocation Inquiry Form online. This first expression of interest will begin the early stages of discernment with the guidance of a Benedictine Superior. Information provided on this type of form is basic. After this, other than online investigation into the Benedictine Order or other related pursuits, all activities are performed in a monastery.
Becoming a Benedictine Monk Online
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