Beginning in 2018, St. Anselm’s has had an intentional community for as many as eight men between the ages of 21 and 35 who are seeking to discern their God-given calling, whether to marriage, diocesan priesthood, religious life, or the single lay state. Some are graduate students, others are young professionals. They have their own living area in one of the abbey’s buildings and regularly meet to share with one another their vocational search. They also have the opportunity to participate in the liturgical life of the abbey, to pray among themselves, to have their meals with the monastic community, and to receive spiritual direction from one of the monks if they so desire. The cost for room and board is $800 per month.
We want this program to be of great benefit to the participants, both individually and as a group. While they are often off the property during the day, either at a job or in class, at the abbey itself they form their own small community with the assistance of the monk who oversees the program. Those who wish to apply should provide a c.v. as well as references and a statement indicating how they expect living in this community will be of benefit to them. They will also be interviewed by the abbot and the director of the program, Fr. Philip Simo.