Tuesday, June 13, 2006

A Cloistered Live

You think you have it hard? Look at the schedule these guys keep. See pictures of the Grande Chartreuse here. This would be a great experience for a week or two, but forever?

Postulant and Novitiate

Upon his entering the monastery, the candidate begins his postulance which lasts from three months to a year. At then end, if his vocation is confirmed, he'll take the carthusian habit and begin his novitiate for a period of two years. Following the novitiate come temporary vows for three years, which are then renewed for two years. Solemn vows takes place at the end of those two years, at which time the monk gives himself to the life in front of God and Church for ever.

Men over 45 are not accepted
Don't worry, there is an order of nuns too. There is also a Charterhouse in Vermont.

1 comment:

Sara said...

That schedule sounds kinda fun . . . for a day, but not for a lifetime!

I cannot imagine living that way, but I guess that's due to the fact that I haven't gotten "the calling"