A Newcomer's Guide to the Trappists

Social Life - Entrance and Departures

In his Rule, St. Benedict cautioned monks and nuns not to give too easy an entrance to newcomers but to test their spirits to insure they have a deep and abiding desire to live the monastic life.  It is also happens, though rarely, that a monk or nun, having committed to monastic life, leave the monastery and return to the world.  Read more on these topics below.

Do you have to be a Catholic to be a Trappist?
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Can a Trappist move and go live in another monastery if he wants?
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What happens if a Trappist joins the monastery and then, later, decides he wants to leave?
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