There are many paths that lead one to the decision to join a monastic community. For some it is the deep impression made on them by Sisters – perhaps in real life, or maybe in the lives of the saints. For others it is the ideals of religious life: prayer, filial love, honest work and a unity of life that comes from faith and generosity, centered on Christ. Each person is unique and each call will be just as unique.
Am I happy, yet find that deep within me there is an unfulfilled longing? Is there a sense that my present life is not enough?
Do I want to serve others for Christ?
Do I feel drawn to daily Mass and more prayer than my present schedule permits?
Do I find that I possess a great love for the Church and her teachings?
Can I live with a variety of people in joy and happiness?
Why am I considering a Benedictine community?
Do I feel called to give myself exclusively to seeking God?
Am I willing to be challenged to grow?
Am I healthy in mind and body?
Do I have a High School diploma or GED?
A candidate needs sufficient good health to enter fully into our active/contemplative way of life. People with serious psychological or physical problems should not think of entering. Reasonably good mental and physical health is a requirement so as to under go the daily challenges of our monastic prayer and work.
A candidate needs common sense and generosity. She must be able to get along with other people, and be at ease with silence (or at least, desire to embrace it). She needs to be adaptable enough to do promptly and graciously what others ask of her, and have the strength of mind to make a commitment and persevere in it. None of these qualities are extraordinary, but the combination is perhaps not so common. Certainly not everyone is suited to the Olivetan Benedictine way of life, and no one can live it well and persevere in it unless God has called her to it. "Today, if you hear His voice, harden not your hearts" (Ps 94:8).