The Benedictine community of St. Anselm’s Abbey has begun an intentional community for as many as six 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 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.
Members of the lay community will normally be in residence for one year, with the possibility of applying for one further year if they so desire. They will be expected to meet as a group every two weeks to discuss matters of discernment and should attend at least one of the abbey’s liturgical services each day. The possessions they bring with them should be no more than would fit into their room.