4 September, 2019 - Eight men 'Come and See' Trappist life behind the scenes



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The group takes a quick picture after getting together with monks in formation at the hermitage. Click to enlarge.


Eight men from across the country (and one from Poland!) participated in Gethsemani's annual vocation event event Aug. 30 through Sept. 2.

The weekend was a "Come-and-See" on three levels:

  • Come and see the monks;
  • Come and see the other candidates to find out what peers are doing to discern a vocation; and
  • Come and see where I am personally in responding to God's call.


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The observers take in the view of the knobs during a tour of the house. Click to enlarge.


The participants prayed the Divine Office alongside the monks, attended daily Mass and enjoyed an afternoon of Eucharistic adoration. They also got a tour of the house and other areas off limits to most visitors.

Long-time monks Br. Paul and Br. Conrad gave short conferences detailing their own experiences in the monastic life. In addition, the visitors spent an afternoon at Thomas Merton's hermitage with some of Gethsemani's monks in formation (including our postulant who was a participant in last year's Come and See weekend).


On Sunday after Lauds, they processed with the community for the weekly Chapter meeting with the abbot and spent a few minutes with Dom Elias afterward. 

Many commented that meeting the monks was a highlight of the visit. It was a pleasure for the monks as well!

Please join us in praying for these men in their discernment.


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Fr. Michael, Gethsemani's prior, shared some of his own experiences during the visit at the hermitage. Click to enlarge.


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Come and See participants pose for a photo with Fr. Anton, Vocation Director (left) and Dom Elias (right) after the Sunday Chapter meeting. Click to enlarge.