Vocation Profile - St. Mary's Monastery

St. Mary's Monastery

Br. Bernard Osbaldeston O.S.B.
Vocation Contact
271 N. Main Street
Petersham, MA 01366

978-724-3350
monks@stmarysmonastery.org
www.stmarysmonastery.org

International?Yes
Professed members7
Year founded1987
Generalate/motherhouseDependent on Pluscarden Abbey, Scotland
Province/federationSubiaco Congregation of Benedictines

(Arch)dioceses
Worcester, MA
Mission
St. Mary’s Monastery is a contemplative community of Rome Catholic Benedictine monks, faithful to the Magisterium and Catechism of the Catholic Church, and obedient to the Holy Father. The monks celebrate the Liturgy of the Hours in Latin and Gregorian chant. Our Novus Ordo Mass is in English with sung parts in Latin and Greek. We share our church and liturgies with the nuns of our twin community, St. Scholastica Priory.
Qualifications
Sufficient mental and physical health to live monastic life. College degree not required, but college or some work experience is preferred. Adaptability to living the common life and obedience. A generous spirit and ability to get along with others.
Formation
After one or preferably more visits, observership of one month is made, living with the monks. If one decides to return after that month, six months postulancy; then two years novitiate and three or more years in simple vows; then solemn profession.
Age range/limit
25-40 preferred
Belated vocations?
Yes: No strict age limit. Older and younger case given individual examination; considered on case-by-case basis

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