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Listen carefully, my son, to the master's instructions, and attend to them with the ear of your heart.
- Prologue of the Rule of St. Benedict
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Vocations and Discernment


Formation in religious life is essentially a conversion, a turning to God's love. This normally happens gradually and rhythmically, unfolding from one stage to the next. This can be a lifelong work.

If you are seeking God, you are invited to contact us. Saint Martin's Abbey accepts Roman Catholic men for the monastic life generally between the ages of 20 and 40.

Your first contact with the community is usually made with the Vocation Director who can be reached through our online inquiry form. The next usual step is a visit to the monastery. Because Benedictine spirituality is experiential, visiting the Abbey is most important. During the visits, you will pray and eat with the monastic community. A visit will offer an opportunity to meet with the Vocation Director and other monks. This is all a part of the discernment process.

Father Paul Weckert, O.S.B.
Vocation Director
Saint Martin's Abbey
5000 Abbey Way SE
Lacey, WA 98503

If after a number of visits you feel that God may be calling you to a monastic manner of life, you may apply for admission to the postulancy.