The primary work of every monk is prayer. The monks gather as a community five times each day to sing the Divine Praises and celebrate the Holy Eucharist.
Monastic life at St. Andrew’s Abbey is an imitation of the early Christian community: the devoted themselves to the communal life, to the breaking of the bread and to the prayers. (Acts 2:44-47)
The monks engage in a variety of work and ministries. The principal ministry is the ministry of hospitality. Additional ministries include offering retreats, spiritual direction, teaching, assisting at local parishes and chaplaincies. Periods of common and private prayer, manual labor and study are intertwined, giving the entire day the character of Divine Praises.
A candidate is encouraged to visit the monastery as often as he can to experience first hand the life of the community.
Formation involves sharing in the work and prayer of the monastic community, and participating in daily classes, with time set aside for lectio divina. Classes include monastic history and spirituality; the Rule of St. Benedict; Constitutions of the Congregation; the Sacred Scriptures; the liturgy and canon law.
A candidate is received to live inside the cloister. This is the first stage of monastic formation.
The period in which the novice is immersed more deeply into the monastic way of life by study and work and prayer, within the monastic enclosure for a period of one year.
The junior monk makes triennial (simple vows) binding for three years. This is a commitment to live-out his monastic vows with fidelity and fervor.
Upon acceptance for solemn profession, he becomes a full member of the monastic community and the Chapter. These final vows are for life. The monk makes a lifelong commitment to live the commands of the Gospel through fidelity to the monastic vows of obedience, stability and ongoing conversion of life.