Visitor's Questions

An encounter with the age-old hidden life of monks and nuns can awaken a variety of responses in those formed by contemporary American culture. Cistercian monks and nuns recognize this and are happy to answer questions put to us by visitors to our monasteries. We welcome any questions you might have and our responses are offered as an expression of monastic hospitality. Please use the form at the bottom of this page to submit your questions.

After a contemplative experience, what kind of food and beverage is suggested?

Thank you for taking the time to answer this question.  When monks have contemplative experiences as being one with the inexpressible, after the experience ends, what kind of food and beverages is suggested?

Can I be a nun if I have a medical condition?

I am Catholic and feel I might be called to the life, but I have a mild medical condition and need to take medicine. Would I still be able to be a nun or would I be refused just because medicine costs a little bit of money? I'm in my early 40's would I be denied entry just because I'm not under 39 or 35 or 25 (I know some other orders say be under this age or that age and one I saw requires you to be under 25)?

Can solitude present dangers to mental and physical health?

I am being called to a life of contemplation without joining a community. This phase of my journey requires solitude during a sabbatical to research and write my next monograph.  Are there any dangers to physical or mental health from such solitude? I do attend mass weekly and but I am minimizing my social activities.

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