A Day in the Life

of an Olivetan Benedictine Sister

 

Ora et Labora

            The Benedictine motto, Ora et Labora“Prayer and Work,” summarizes a day in the life of an Olivetan Benedictine Sister. The two elements are woven throughout the hours and are always united. We pray together, as a community, and privately, as individuals; and it is our prayer that sustains and inspires our work in all its forms – be it domestic tasks, our apostolic works, or the “work” of living together as a family!

            In his wisdom, our Holy Father St. Benedict also accounted for the need for daily rest and recreation. Rest and recreation have a proper place in our lives – they refresh and renew us, as we come from and return to our prayer and work.

Weekday Schedule

6:15 am

Lauds - Morning Prayer

Breakfast

7:00 am

Sisters begin their assigned work for the day, at home or in the apostolate.

11:45 am

Midday Prayer

Lunch

4:15 pm

Eucharistic Adoration

4:30 pm

Vespers – Evening Prayer

5:00 pm

Holy Mass

Supper

6:45 pm

Compline – Night Prayer

7:00 pm

Community Recreation

8:00 pm

Night Silence

 

 

 

Weekend Schedule

6:30 am

Lauds - Morning Prayer

Breakfast

10:30 am

Eucharistic Adoration

11:00 am

Holy Mass

Lunch

5:00 pm

Vespers – Evening Prayer

Supper

6:45 pm

Compline – Night Prayer

7:00 pm

Community Recreation

8:00 pm

Night Silence