Explore Monastic Life
Becoming an OHC brother, which happens over a period of years, begins when you complete our Introductory Questionnaire and contact our Vocations Minister. Our Vocations Minister will encourage you to visit several times so you get to know us better. When you and he agree that you’re ready to take the next step, we’ll schedule a two-week visit. During this visit, you’ll live in our monastic enclosure and participate in our community’s life and work.
Next, you’ll explore monastic vocation during the following stages:
- After we invite you to apply for admission, you’ll complete a formal application to our novitiate.
- Once admitted to our novitiate, you’ll live with us for six months. You’ll learn more about the OHC and our ministry—and discern whether to continue.
- Next, by community agreement, you receive the monastic habit. During the next two years, you’ll build a foundation in monastic life—and discern whether to make a profession of the three-fold Benedictine vow (Obedience, Stability, and Conversion to Monasticism).
- As a junior professed brother, you’ll renew vows annually until you feel ready to make a life profession.
Ready to get started?
Please complete our Introductory-Questionnaire-for-Holy-Cross-Monastery (online form) and contact our Vocations Minister.
Br. Aidan Owen, OHC
Phone: 845-384-6660 ext. 3012