The monastic community of St. Procopius Abbey consists of 25 men dedicated to seek and serve God as Benedictine monks in the Catholic Church. They have different social, ethnic, economic, and educational backgrounds. Some are ordained priests, some are not. Some are extroverts, some introverts. But whatever the differences, all have taken vows as monks and have thus consecrated their lives to Christ.
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Every monk of St. Procopius Abbey seeks to grow in the love that is of God and that unites to God. He commits himself to use the means available to grow in this love, especially the means of communal prayer, lectio divina, conquering self-will, and practicing good zeal. This growth in love is authentic only if the monk loves his neighbor, especially his confreres.
Called by Christ to live the Gospel in community, we seek God by a life of prayer, obedience, and personal conversion, according to the Rule of St. Benedict and the direction of the Abbot. Persevering in the monastery until death, we employ the tools of the spiritual craft in the school of the Lord’s service, witnessing to the primacy of God in a community of mutual love that in all things God may be glorified.
Both as baptized Catholics and as Benedictine monks, we enter enthusiastically into the life of the Christian community, the People of God. We do so first of all by providing the Church and the world with the gift of monastic life, with its witness to the primacy of God. From this witness flow forth further works of ministry compatible with our monastic calling. At St. Procopius Abbey, we find hospitality, education, and parochial work to be especially valuable means by which we respond to the needs of our neighbors. May all we do as monks give glory to God in the Church and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever (Ephesians 3:21).