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 Post subject: Discerning
PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 10:01 am 
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I wanted to become Catholic after reading the Rule of St. Benedict. It just resonated. I have a friend who taught RCIA and he told me I always struck him as a Benedictine sort of guy. So, I started going on retreats at an Abbey and am 5 years into discerning. The Trappists are interesting, and interested in me, but those dudes are hardcore. Any advice anyone can give in discernment would be great.

I don't want a family, I am 40, I have no kids - - so, I can do what I want pretty much. I may be one of those guys who should be a consecrated Layperson. I don't know how to do that, but it was mentioned to me. TTFN

Michael / Benedict


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 Post subject: Re: Discerning
PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 11:07 pm 
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Every diocese has a vocations director.

Have a chat to him/her and they can give you some directions in discernment.

Before I was married I spent some time with various orders including the Trappists, Dominicans, Franciscans and Missionaries of the Sacred Heart. The Church is big and if you are not called to religious life then there are many third orders that can help you live an authentic Christian life.


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 Post subject: Re: Discerning
PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 11:14 pm 
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And have a look at this site as well: http://www.countrymonks.us/becoming-a-m ... tion-team/

There are many different Benedictine Abbeys.

And a few words from their vocations director: http://www.countrymonks.us/?page_id=3798


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 Post subject: Re: Discerning
PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2014 4:10 am 
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I'm not sure what you mean by "consecrated layperson." There are consecrated virgins, but that's for women only. There are also canonical hermits who don't have to live in a hut in the wilderness, but I don't think there are many of them at all.


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 Post subject: Re: Discerning
PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2014 4:11 am 
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The diocesan vocations office can help you with diocesan priesthood, but no so much with religious orders. For those, you write to orders in which you have an interest and they'll take it from there.


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 Post subject: Re: Discerning
PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2014 4:59 am 
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Also note that you need to act quickly if you're thinking of joining an order. Many of them have maximum age limits above which they won't accept new applicants because it becomes too hard to adjust to the life of the community.


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 Post subject: Re: Discerning
PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2014 7:25 am 
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I think you are talking about Oblates of St. Benedict:

http://www.osb.org/obl/index.html


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