Community:

Assumption Abbey is a community of men. Individual monks do not own anything in their own name. All things are owned by the community. Its resources are used for the good of all in the monastery. Monks form a community of faith in Jesus Christ united in love for each other. Monks witness to people about the importance of community. They also witness to the necessity to make a clear and public witness to community. Monks make vows that bind them to the Lord in a special way. In this way they witness to all about the necessity to relate to the Lord and belong to the community of the Church. In all aspects of life, people are meant to live communal lives, not isolated ones.

Communal Prayer:

In a Benedictine monastery, God is in charge with the Abbot as the human authority. Communal prayer is an essential part of a Benedictine monastery. So, at Assumption Abbey, the monks gather five times a day for prayer. We thank God for his gifts to humanity and we intercede for the needs of people. This gives witness that everyone should pray often each day. In a busy world, the frequent communal prayer of monks reminds people of the necessity to pray daily and participate in the public worship of the Church, at least on Sundays. It means sacrificing so that one will live this necessary Gospel value. The Church encourages monks to share their prayer and worship with the public. Some lay people formalize a relation as oblates, sharing in our spiritual life and good works. Others participate in Partners in Prayer, receiving and praying a shortened form of morning and evening prayer which we offer free of charge. Anyone can subscribe to this by contacting the Abbey.

Lectio Divina (Holy Reading):

One of our priorities at Assumption Abbey is to set aside time for each monk to read Scripture and reflect upon it. This helps him to absorb its meaning and apply it to life. Being taught by God in this way is essential for a monk to follow the Lord. Lectio divina is a prayerful time. Private prayer is another essential aspect of Benedictine monastic life.

Obedience

There is a lot of obedience in a healthy community. People respond to the needs of each other, the younger are taught the ways of monastic life and the older are cared for. Monks, called by God’s grace, freely choose to live under the Rule of St. Benedict and an Abbot. Obedience in a monastery is interwoven and made real in the monk’s obedience to the monastic Rule, to the demands of daily life, to the Abbot and to fellow monks. Obedience is not something abstract, it is rooted in responding to daily life and what the daily situation calls forth from each of us.

Silence:

How does one keep the values of the world from becoming overwhelmingly dominant? Television, radio, iPods, etc. keep us inserted in the values and way of life established by the world. A monastery needs to establish its own values. Silence is a discipline monks practice to help them break free from being swallowed up by the world and its values. It fosters awareness of God, the self and the world. From after Compline until the morning work begins, there is silence at Assumption Abbey. In silent presence to God, to self and to the world one can begin to become free of the world’s ways and take on God’s way of living.

Celibacy:

Like marriage, celibacy is a way of loving. Jesus in the gospels speaks of those who “have renounced marriage for the sake of the kingdom of heaven”. According to St. Paul, celibacy ideally frees a person to more fully devote himself to the things of God. Celibacy is an integral part of monastic life. Celibacy says NO to promiscuous sexual values. It says sexuality must be lovingly disciplined by God’s laws and properly integrated into one’s person. A healthy celibate person forms good mutually nourishing friendships that meet the need for intimacy. Celibacy is a fulfilling and mature way of loving God, self and others.

About Us

The Benedictine Monks of Assumption Abbey are a community of religious men, baptized in Christ, and vowed to continue the mission of His Church. In the spirit of St. Benedict, the community conceives its purpose to be an active ministry on behalf of God. Simply put, we are a community of Benedictine monks who are praying and serving in varied ways to sanctify time, place and people.

Hospitality:

In chaper 53 of the Holy Rule, St. Benedict advises. “Let all guests arriving at the monastery be received as Christ Himself, for He will one day say, "I was a stranger and you took Me in." And let due honor be paid to all, especially, however, to those who are of the household of the faith - and to strangers. We invite people to come to our Communal Prayer and Eucharist. Individuals are welcome to come here to make a private retreat and join us in prayer and meals. Visitors receive a warm welcome.

Daughter House:

In 1960 Assumption Abbey sent monks to Bogotá, Colombia, where they formed a dependent Priory named Monasterio Benedictino de Tibatí. They operate two schools.  One is Colegio San Carlos which is a bilingual school for 1,300 students. The second is Colegio San Benito de Tibatí which enrolls 450 neighborhood boys and girls. The monks of Tibatí pay for 75% of the operating costs of Colegio San Benito. The present community of about a dozen monks at Tibatí consists of Colombians and North Americans. We hope this monastic community will eventually become independent as is the nature of Benedictine monasteries.

Assumption Abbey is a place where God, prayer, work and community are central. It is a place to which

a man is drawn by God wherein he works out his salvation by faith in Christ and serves humanity.

Monastic life is one of God’s gifts to the Church which affects the whole Church. Monastic life is for

healthy vibrant men.

A Benedictine monastery is something like a family. It is also not like a family. A Benedictine monastery is a community of men serving God and sharing all things in common. The Abbot is the human leader. Some are priests, some are brothers, all are Monks. Monastic life is a Gospel way of life centered on faith in Jesus Christ, Lord and Savior. It is a dynamic, challenging and rewarding way of life. Here are the values upon which monastic life at Assumption Abbey is based:

Work:

We monks engage in a variety of work—writing and giving conferences, hosting meetings for churches and other groups in the area. The Abbey Gift Shop has Abbey-made woodcrafts and soap, as well as a variety of other gift items. Abbey wines are also available. Some monks work in administration, maintenance, ranching and hospitality. Some of our work takes place away from the Abbey. For example, some monks who are priests serve as pastors of parishes, others are chaplains at hospitals, universities and convents. Some monks work outside the monastery serving God’s people and the Church. Work is an important part of a Benedictine monastery.
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What is Benedictine Monastic Life?:

Community:

Assumption Abbey is a community of men. Individual monks do not own anything in their own name. All things are owned by the community. Its resources are used for the good of all in the monastery. Monks form a community of faith in Jesus Christ united in love for each other. Monks witness to people about the importance of community. They also witness to the necessity to make a clear and public witness to community. Monks make vows that bind them to the Lord in a special way. In this way they witness to all about the necessity to relate to the Lord and belong to the community of the Church. In all aspects of life, people are meant to live communal lives, not isolated ones.

Communal Prayer:

In a Benedictine monastery, God is in charge with the Abbot as the human authority. Communal prayer is an essential part of a Benedictine monastery. So, at Assumption Abbey, the monks gather five times a day for prayer. We thank God for his gifts to humanity and we intercede for the needs of people. This gives witness that everyone should pray often each day. In a busy world, the frequent communal prayer of monks reminds people of the necessity to pray daily and participate in the public worship of the Church, at least on Sundays. It means sacrificing so that one will live this necessary Gospel value. The Church encourages monks to share their prayer and worship with the public. Some lay people formalize a relation as oblates, sharing in our spiritual life and good works. Others participate in Partners in Prayer, receiving and praying a shortened form of morning and evening prayer which we offer free of charge. Anyone can subscribe to this by contacting the Abbey.

Lectio Divina (Holy Reading):

One of our priorities at Assumption Abbey is to set aside time for each monk to read Scripture and reflect upon it. This helps him to absorb its meaning and apply it to life. Being taught by God in this way is essential for a monk to follow the Lord. Lectio divina is a prayerful time. Private prayer is another essential aspect of Benedictine monastic life.

Obedience

There is a lot of obedience in a healthy community. People respond to the needs of each other, the younger are taught the ways of monastic life and the older are cared for. Monks, called by God’s grace, freely choose to live under the Rule of St. Benedict and an Abbot. Obedience in a monastery is interwoven and made real in the monk’s obedience to the monastic Rule, to the demands of daily life, to the Abbot and to fellow monks. Obedience is not something abstract, it is rooted in responding to daily life and what the daily situation calls forth from each of us.

Silence:

How does one keep the values of the world from becoming overwhelmingly dominant? Television, radio, iPods, etc. keep us inserted in the values and way of life established by the world. A monastery needs to establish its own values. Silence is a discipline monks practice to help them break free from being swallowed up by the world and its values. It fosters awareness of God, the self and the world. From after Compline until the morning work begins, there is silence at Assumption Abbey. In silent presence to God, to self and to the world one can begin to become free of the world’s ways and take on God’s way of living.

Celibacy:

Like marriage, celibacy is a way of loving. Jesus in the gospels speaks of those who “have renounced marriage for the sake of the kingdom of heaven”. According to St. Paul, celibacy ideally frees a person to more fully devote himself to the things of God. Celibacy is an integral part of monastic life. Celibacy says NO to promiscuous sexual values. It says sexuality must be lovingly disciplined by God’s laws and properly integrated into one’s person. A healthy celibate person forms good mutually nourishing friendships that meet the need for intimacy. Celibacy is a fulfilling and mature way of loving God, self and others.

About Us

The Benedictine Monks of Assumption Abbey are a community of religious men, baptized in Christ, and vowed to continue the mission of His Church. In the spirit of St. Benedict, the community conceives its purpose to be an active ministry on behalf of God. Simply put, we are a community of Benedictine monks who are praying and serving in varied ways to sanctify time, place and people.

Hospitality:

In chaper 53 of the Holy Rule, St. Benedict advises. “Let all guests arriving at the monastery be received as Christ Himself, for He will one day say, "I was a stranger and you took Me in." And let due honor be paid to all, especially, however, to those who are of the household of the faith - and to strangers. We invite people to come to our Communal Prayer and Eucharist. Individuals are welcome to come here to make a private retreat and join us in prayer and meals. Visitors receive a warm welcome.

Daughter House:

In 1960 Assumption Abbey sent monks to Bogotá, Colombia, where they formed a dependent Priory named Monasterio Benedictino de Tibatí. They operate two schools.  One is Colegio San Carlos which is a bilingual school for 1,300 students. The second is Colegio San Benito de Tibatí which enrolls 450 neighborhood boys and girls. The monks of Tibatí pay for 75% of the operating costs of Colegio San Benito. The present community of about a dozen monks at Tibatí consists of Colombians and North Americans. We hope this monastic community will eventually become independent as is the nature of Benedictine monasteries.

Assumption Abbey is a place where God, prayer, work and community are central. It is a place to which

a man is drawn by God wherein he works out his salvation by faith in Christ and serves humanity.

Monastic life is one of God’s gifts to the Church which affects the whole Church. Monastic life is for

healthy vibrant men.

Work:

We monks engage in a variety of work—writing and giving conferences, hosting meetings for churches and other groups in the area. The Abbey Gift Shop has Abbey-made woodcrafts and soap, as well as a variety of other gift items. Abbey wines are also available. Some monks work in administration, maintenance, ranching and hospitality. Some of our work takes place away from the Abbey. For example, some monks who are priests serve as pastors of parishes, others are chaplains at hospitals, universities and convents. Some monks work outside the monastery serving God’s people and the Church. Work is an important part of a Benedictine monastery.
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