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The following is a list of religious communities that currently use our service. To help facilitate your selection of a retreat location, we have arranged the list by geographical location. For available retreat times, drop us an Email, or contact us by phone at 954-340-5705.

North Eastern U.S. (Communities for Women)

Immaculata Monastery

  • Located in Norfolk, Nebraska
  • Missionary Benedictine Sisters
  • We are Missionary. We love our commitment to bring the good news to the poor. We do this in word and deed. We believe we all participate in this whether here in the States or in the foreign missions. We are international. Our internationallity is felt in every one of our priories throughout the world. In the United States, we usually have sisters from at least seven different cultures living in the mother house. Our new members are also women of many cultures. We do wear a habit as a sign of our commitment and our service in Christ.

(e-mail nsmith@vocationsplacement.org for dates and information available)

Monastery of Our Lady of the Angels

  • Located in Crozet, VA
  • Cistercian Trappist
  • 10 sisters
  • We follow the Rule of St. Benedict as interpreted by our Constitutions which we share with the monks. We live a monastic contemplative way of life based on prayer (liturgical and personal); lectio divina (prayerful reading of Scripture) and study; work (by which we support ourselves - in our monastery, we make Gouda cheese)

(e-mail nsmith@vocationsplacement.org for dates and information available)

North Eastern U.S. (Communities for Men)

Charterhouse of the Transfiquration

  • Located in Arlington, Vt.
  • Order of Carthusians
  • Contemplative community (Ministry is prayer for the world)
  • 12 monks
  • Logging and gardening

(e-mail nsmith@vocationsplacement.org for dates and information available)

Mount Saviour Benedictine Monastery

  • Located in Pine City, N.Y. (near Elmira)
  • Order of St. Benedict
  • 14 monks
  • The Monastery of Mount Saviour is a community of monks striving to live a simple, genuine and full monastic life acccording to the Scriptures and the Rule of St. Benedict. As members of an autonomous monastery of Pontifical rite within the Benedictine Confederation, we seek to remain faithful to our authentic tradition continually revitalized by the Holy Spirit.

(e-mail nsmith@vocationsplacement.org for dates and information available)

Our Lady of Fatima Monastery

  • Mt. Laurel, NJ (nearest major city: Philadelphia)
  • Cistercian of the Common Observance
  • Age requirements: 18-40
  • Members in Community: 3
  • On 100 acres of beautiful grounds. Rosary gardens, as well the growing parish. Prayer, work, and sacred reading. Ministry (including apostolic and/or prayer): prayer and parish work

(e-mail nsmith@vocationsplacement.org for dates and information available)

St. Joseph’s Trappist Abbey

  • Located in Spencer, Mass.
  • Trappist Order (Also known as The Cistercian Order of the Strict Observance)
  • Contemplative community (Ministry is prayer for the world)
  • 75 monks
  • Makes vestments and jellies as means of self support

(e-mail nsmith@vocationsplacement.org for dates and information available)

St. Mary's Abbey

  • Located in Morristown, NJ
  • Order of St. Benedict
  • 50 monks
  • 400 acres of rolling hills, fields & forest, secondary school for boys (grades 7-12) & other educational ministries, retreat house, adult education, 2 parishes, convent chaplaincies, weekend parish work, college & hospital chaplaincies

(e-mail nsmith@vocationsplacement.org for dates and information available)

St. Vincent's Benedictine Abbey

  • Located in Latrobe, Pa.
  • Order of St. Benedict
  • 200 monks, college, seminary, parishes

(e-mail nsmith@vocationsplacement.org for dates and information available)

Midwest Region (Communities for Women)

Monastery of the Blessed Sacrament

  • Farmington Hills, Michigan
  • Dominican
  • Members in Community: 30
  • Age requirements: 21-45
  • We are a cloistered contemplative community. Our ministry is prayer for the world. In addition to singing the Divine Office - we keep (in shifts) 24hr. perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Our lives encompass both times of solitude and times with the community. The rhythm of our day includes prayer, study, and work with a recreation period in the evening.

(e-mail nsmith@vocationsplacement.org for dates and information available)

Sacred Heart Monastery

  • Lisle, Illinois
  • Benedictine
  • Age Requirements: 21-45 (exceptions can be made)
  • Active Ministries: Teaching, Nursing, pastoral ministry, Administration and other needed services. Liturgical Practices: Liturgy of the Hours-3x a day, Eucharist- every day Morning Praise and Vespers are chanted, Midday Praise is recited in English

(e-mail nsmith@vocationsplacement.org for dates and information available)

St. Mary Monastery

  • Rock Island, Ill. (nearest major city = Moline)
  • Benedictine
  • Age requirements: 18-40
  • Members in Community: 68
  • Ministry (including apostolic and/or prayer): Education, Social Work, Work with the Poor, Pastoral Work.

(e-mail nsmith@vocationsplacement.org for dates and information available)

Sisters of Benedict, Red Plains Monastery

  • Piedmont, Oklahoma
  • Order of St. Benedict
  • 11 professed sisters
  • Characteristics of our community: stable monastic community following the Rule of Saint Benedict committted to communal and personal prayer, study, celebration, and service both within the monastery and the surrounding area especially in spiritual direction and retreats, hospice chaplaincy, and arts and crafts; new members are encouraged to use their gifts and talents.

(e-mail nsmith@vocationsplacement.org for dates and information available)

Midwest Region (Communities for Men)

St. Procopius Abbey

  • Located in Lisle, IL
  • Order of St. Benedict
  • 50 monks
  • Following the motto "ora et labora", we live as a stable monastic community dedicated to celebrating the Liturgy of the Hours and the Eucharist while working for the evangelization of our neighboring community, especially in our schools, Benedictine Univerisity and Benet Academy, and in sacramental ministry.

(e-mail nsmith@vocationsplacement.org for dates and information available)

St. John’s Abbey

  • Located in Collegeville, Minn.
  • Order of St. Benedict
  • 195 monks, University, seminary, prep school

(e-mail nsmith@vocationsplacement.org for dates and information available)

St. Benedict's Abbey

  • Located in Benet Lake, Wisconsin
  • Benedictine
  • 20 Monks
  • Monastic life with liturgical prayer plus some parish work and retreat work

(e-mail nsmith@vocationsplacement.org for dates and information available)

Columban Fathers (or Missionary Society of Saint Columban)

  • U.S. Headquarters is at Saint Columbans, Nebraska
  • 618 men worldwide, 99 in the USA
  • As missionaries, the Columban Fathers cross national borders as well as boundaries of language, culture, and class to bring the message of Jesus Christ to peoples in Asia, Oceania, and the Americas.

(e-mail nsmith@vocationsplacement.org for dates and information available)

New Melleray Abbey

  • Located in Peosta, Iowa
  • Trappist Order (aka Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance)
  • Contemplative community (Ministry is prayer for the world)
  • Grows corn, soybeans, alfalfa, and other grains as part of its self-support; also makes beautiful wood products, especially simple hard and soft wood caskets.
  • 3,500 acres

(e-mail nsmith@vocationsplacement.org for dates and information available)

Central Region (Communities for Men)

Assumption Abbey

  • Located in Ava, Mo.
  • Trappist Order (Also known as The Cistercian Order of the Strict Observance)
  • Contemplative community (Ministry is prayer for the world)
  • 14 monks
  • two hemits
  • Makes fruitcake as means of self support

(e-mail nsmith@vocationsplacement.org for dates and information available)

Clear Creek Benedictine Priory

  • All Latin liturgy
  • Located in Hulbert, Ok.
  • 20 monks
  • Raises cattle, sheep, and makes furniture as means of self support

(e-mail nsmith@vocationsplacement.org for dates and information available)

Monastery of the Ascension

  • Located in Jerome, Idaho
  • 14 monks
  • We are a small, rural, monastic community. Anchored in our life of prayer, we serve the people of God in the Diocese of Boise through our Ministry Center and a variety of other out reaches.

(e-mail nsmith@vocationsplacement.org for dates and information available)

South East Region (Communities for Women)

Olivetan Benedictine Sisters

  • Order of St. Benedict
  • Jonesboro, Arkansas
  • 48 members (women)
  • We are a small community that takes mature vocations. We own a 375 bed hospital, wear a simple habit, and teach in local schools. We have started working with the Hispanics. We pray together 4 times daily, and celebrate the Eucharist daily as a community. Most of the Sisters live at the Motherhouse.

(e-mail nsmith@vocationsplacement.org for dates and information available)

The Passionist Nuns of Whitesville, KY

  • Passionist Nuns
  • Located in Whitesville, KY
  • 17 sisters
  • We are a cloistered, contemplative community. We make a vow to promote devotion to the Passion of Jesus. We have a small retreat house attached to our monastery where people of all faiths may come for silent, directed or preached retreats.

(e-mail nsmith@vocationsplacement.org for dates and information available)

St. Scholastica Monastery

  • Order of St. Benedict
  • Located in Fort Smith, Arkansas
  • 90+ sisters
  • Ministries we offer include: St. Scholastica Retreat Center, Spiritual Direction, Counseling, Gift Shop, Nursing, teaching, Pastoral work, Youth ministry & Hispanic & Music ministry. We pray together 3 times a day and maintain a balanced life of prayer, work & leisure.

(e-mail nsmith@vocationsplacement.org for dates and information available)

South East Region (Communities for Men)

Gethsemani Abbey

  • Located in Trappist Kentucky
  • Trappist Order (Also known as The Cistercian Order of the Strict Observance)
  • Contemplative community (Ministry is prayer for the world)
  • Makes fruitcake, cheese, fudge as means of self support
  • Home of Thomas Merton (inspirational writer)
  • 2000 acres

(e-mail nsmith@vocationsplacement.org for dates and information available)

St. Bernard’s Abbey

  • Order of St. Benedict
  • Located in Cullman, Ala.
  • High school, parishes
  • Also has the famous Ava Marie Grotto ancient architectural exhibit
  • 28 monks

(e-mail nsmith@vocationsplacement.org for dates and information available)

Belmont Abbey

  • Order of St. Benedict
  • Located in Belmont N.C.
  • Liberal arts college 1000 students
  • Vocational retreat dates

(e-mail nsmith@vocationsplacement.org for dates and information available)

Dominican Monastery of St. Jude

  • Dominican Order
  • Located in Marbury, Al 36051
  • Six community members
  • Ministry: Prayer

(e-mail nsmith@vocationsplacement.org for dates and information available)

Holy Spirit Monastery

  • Located in Conyers, Ga.
  • Trappist Order (Also known as The Cistercian Order of the Strict Observance)
  • Contemplative community (Ministry is prayer for the world)
  • 2000 acres
  • Home of Abbot Basil Pennington (inspirational writer)

(e-mail nsmith@vocationsplacement.org for dates and information available)

Mepkin Abbey

  • Located in Moncks Corner, S.C.
  • Trappist Order (Also known as The Cistercian Order of the Strict Observance)
  • Contemplative community (Ministry is prayer for the world)
  • 27 monks
  • Home of Abbot Francis Kline (musician and author)

(e-mail nsmith@vocationsplacement.org for dates and information available)

St. Leo’s Benedictine Abbey

  • Located in St. Leo, Florida
  • Home of St. Leo’s University
  • 29 monks
  • Retreat center

(e-mail nsmith@vocationsplacement.org for dates and information available)

West (Communities for Women)

Carmel of the Holy Spirit

  • Littleton, Colorado
  • Discalced Carmelite Nuns
  • Age requirements: 18-35
  • Members in Community: 10
  • Ministry (including apostolic and/or prayer): Cloistered Contemplative Life

(e-mail nsmith@vocationsplacement.org for dates and information available)

Carmel of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

  • Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Carmelite Order
  • 9 nuns
  • Ministry: apostolate of prayer

(e-mail nsmith@vocationsplacement.org for dates and information available)

Holy Spirit Monastery

  • Located in Grand Terrace, CA
  • Order of St. Benedict
  • 11 nuns
  • Public community prayer several times during the day. Apostolic works include: Teaching and working with the mentally challenged children and adults, Parish ministry, administration, retreat work.

(e-mail nsmith@vocationsplacement.org for dates and information available)

West (Communities for Men)

Abbey of new Clairvaux

  • Located in Vina, California
  • Order of the Cistercians of the Strict Observance (Trappists)
  • 23 monks
  • Our order is a monastic, cenobitic (monks living in community, not hermits)wholly ordered to contemplation. The monks dedicate themselves to the worship of God in a hidden life within the monastery under the rule of St. Benedict. The lead a monastic way of life in solitude and silence, in assiduous prayer and joyful penitence. Our life is built upon a foundation that is balanced between liturgic prayer (the Work of God), Lectio divina, (prayerful reading, mediation, and study), and manual labor.

(e-mail nsmith@vocationsplacement.org for dates and information available)

The Brigittine Monks

  • Located in Amity, OR
  • The Order of the Most Holy Savior
  • 10 Monks
  • Contemplative monastic community dedicated to prayer.

(e-mail nsmith@vocationsplacement.org for dates and information available)

Holy Trinity Abbey

  • Located in Huntsville, Utah
  • Trappist Order (Also known as The Cistercian Order of the Strict Observance)
  • 22 monks
  • Contemplative community (Ministry is prayer for the world)
  • Has cattle and makes homemade products as means of self support
  • 2000 acres

(e-mail nsmith@vocationsplacement.org for dates and information available)

Mount Angel Abbey

  • Located in Mount Angel, Oregon
  • Order of St. Benedict
  • 71 monks
  • Prayer & Community Life; Mount Angel Seminary (Oldest and Largest Seminary in the Western U.S.A.); 3 parishes in area of Abbey; Abbey Guest/Retreat House; 2 monks serving as chaplains; Benedictine Press (since 1889); iconography and art - 2 monks

(e-mail nsmith@vocationsplacement.org for dates and information available)

St. Andrews Benedictine Monastery

  • Congregation of the Announciation
  • Located in Valyermo, Calif.
  • retreat house, youth center, teaching
  • Vocational retreat dates

(e-mail nsmith@vocationsplacement.org for dates and information available)

New Camaldoli Hermitage

  • Located in Big Sur Calif.
  • Contemplative community (Ministry is prayer for the world)
  • Order ot St. Benedict Camaldolese
  • 32 monks
  • Makes fruitcake, date bread, and ceramics, also has bookstore as means of
  • self support

(e-mail nsmith@vocationsplacement.org for dates and information available)

St. Benedict’s Abbey

  • Located in Snowmass, Colorado
  • Trappist Order (Also known as The Cistercian Order of the Strict Observance)
  • Contemplative community (Ministry is prayer for the world)
  • Makes fruitcake and cookies as means of self support
  • Home of Thomas Keating
  • 13 monks

(e-mail nsmith@vocationsplacement.org for dates and information available)

St. Martin's Abbey

  • Located in Lacey, WA
  • Order of St. Benedict
  • 39 monks
  • Education (college); Parish Work; Hospital Chaplaincy

(e-mail nsmith@vocationsplacement.org for dates and information available)

Canada (Communities for Men)

Westminster Abbey (or Benedictines of Westminster Abbey)

  • Mission, British Columbia
  • Order of St. Benedict
  • 30 monks
  • Ministry (including apostolic and/or prayer): Major and Minor Seminary

(e-mail nsmith@vocationsplacement.org for dates and information available)

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