The strength of Benedictine life lies in its simplicity and wholeness. The Rule of Benedict, founded on Scripture, establishes gospel values whose practical expression may vary from generation to generation. All are called to building up the community in the love of Christ.
Benedictines are dedicated to the service of God and the Church in the liturgy and contemplative prayer. The day is a balance of prayer, spiritual reading and manual labour - which includes monastic craftwork and household tasks. Hospitality is the principal form of apostolate, for 'guests are never lacking in a monastery' (R.B. 53:16). Most communities offer facilities for private retreats.
A Benedictine vocation comes as a call to join a particular community. Young women interested in the life are welcome to stay in the monastery guesthouse or to spend a few weeks inside the enclosure, according to the custom of the house. Full formation, leading to solemn vows, takes about six years and is a gradual introduction into full monastic observance.
St Mary's Convent
St Mary's Abbey