QUESTION: Father, what do the monks do all day?
ANSWER: One look at our schedule pretty much sums it up, but maybe we can break it down just a bit.
Our day revolves around both communal and private prayer. The Liturgy of the Mass is the center of every Monk’s day. We pray the Divine Office because Religious life cannot be sustained without a deep life of prayer – individual, communal and liturgical.
In our specific community we pray seven times a day at 7:15am & 7:45am, 9:15am, 12:00pm, 3:30pm. 5:00pm, and 9:00pm. And our Liturgical Service is at 8:15am on weekdays and 11:45 on Sunday’s depending on the season. Besides liturgical prayer, every Monk would have some private time for meditation, contemplation, intercession, etc. – and we do get a few hours each day for recreation.
We not only pray for ourselves and those who send in individual prayer requests, but we also pray for the entire world.
Other than prayer, we do not have any one particular ministry other than helping those who come to us find food, clothing, jobs and housing.
What many don’t realize is that Monks, like everyone else, must keep our house and clothes clean, put food on the table, pay the bills, answer the phone, mow the grass, fix the plumbing, maintain the yard, and so forth.