||To provide a limited
monastic experience to people in order to learn more about Benedictine
spirituality, while living a simple life in community, and at the same
time providing assistance with the monastery's ministries. By having
this experience, individuals will develop a foundation for a richer
spiritual life and find/explore their calling into some Church
ministry in order to build up the Body of Christ.
||The Holy Trinity
Monastery volunteer program is established to provide opportunities
for spiritual growth to individuals who serve and assist in the
Monastery's various ministries. The HTM volunteer program utilizes the
gifts of Oblates, living at the monastery and in the community; local
volunteers and volunteers or associates from other lay ministry
- The Associate will experience
Benedictine spirituality through daily work and prayer in
community - ORA ET LABORA
- The Associate schedule will
provide time for Mass, the Divine Office, Scripture classes,
personal prayer, spiritual reading and spiritual direction.
- The Associate will have service
assignments, which will support and maintain the monastery
ministries, and work with other community members according to
one's experience and interest, as well as the needs of the
ASSOCIATE'S HTM EXPERIENCE
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Living in community in a monastery is a simple way of
life. Living with the necessities of life without excess
frills. Having and using what is needed to maintain
one's self. Living in community requires sharing prayers,
household responsibilities, interests as well as assisting
and supporting one another. To assist in the group dynamics
of living in community there will be a weekly meeting
of the associates.
The primary purpose of living in a monastic community
is to enhance one's spirituality and to seek strength
in one's journey. The Benedictine motto is Ora et Labora
- pray and work. Benedictines pray and work in community.
The day is centered on daily Eucharist and the Divine
Office as well as Lectio Divina and spiritual reading.
The primary chrism of the Benedictines is hospitality
- seeing Christ in those who come to visit. To further
enhance the associate's spiritual journey, he/she will
have an opportunity to attend the monastery Scripture
and Church History Classes. There is also an opportunity
for spiritual direction.
An important part of living in community is becoming
involved in the social activities of the monastery as
well as having one's own social life. The associate
is encouraged to be involved in the social activities
of the associate community as well as the larger monastery
community. The associate should become acquainted with
sights, places, and activities in the local area. There
will be opportunities for field trips to Missions, cultural
and social activities as well as a trip to Mexico.
The associate will receive one or more routine assignments
based on the associates experiences, interests and the
needs of the monastery. On occasion, the associate may
be called on to help in other areas when needs arise.
The assignments will be made by the Associate coordinators,
with the approval of the Prior. When on a work assignment
the associate is responsible to the community member
(monk, sister or oblate) who is responsible for that
ministry. Work assignments are normally five days a
week. Daily and weekly schedules should be worked out
with the ministry supervisor.
difficulties, conflicts are to addressed with the work assignment
supervisor first, then with the program director.
For further information about
either plan, please an Associate Program staff.
associates make a commitment for three or six months. If
an associate would like to extend his/her commitment at
Holy Trinity Monastery for another term a request should
be made 60 days prior the end the scheduled term.
Contact Sherry Wasko
(520) 720-4202 - FAX
application forms can be filled out and returned to:
Holy Trinity Monastery
P.O. Box 298
St. David, Arizona 85630
Application Form A
Application Form B