Monastery and World:
Live in Both

  • Live in our community part-time or full-time

  • Participate in our daily activities

  • Learn to live monastically
    in the world

  • Cultivate the spirit of contemplative spirituality

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The Family Brothers Program

Monastery and World - Live in Both
The Family Brothers Program of Assumption Abbey

Our Family Brothers Program enables men of all religious traditions to live in our community part-time or full-time, participate in our daily life, and take part in the monastery's spiritual life. Family Brothers are part of our extended community, typically living in our community at their convenience from time to time throughout the year, as often as their other commitments allow. During the rest of the time they live in their respective homes and follow an adapted monastic discipline in the secular world.

Standing (left to right): Family Brother Ran Lahav; Fr. Alberic; Family Brother Fr. Paul Jones; Brother Thomas; Brother Francis; Family Brother Dick Oritz.
Sitting: Brother Boniface (our cook); Abbot Fr. Cyprian; our dog Charlie.

While in residence, the Family Brothers share in all aspects of the Trappist tradition as lived in Assumption Abbey, including residing in private rooms, sharing our simple and frugal lifestyle, working, participating in the Divine Office and Eucharist, community gatherings and discussions. They freely contribute from their talents and energies for the common good and well-being of the Abbey. As affiliate members of the monastery they are not compensated for their labor and the monastery accommodates all on-site ordinary residence costs.

Those interested in becoming Family Brothers start by living in the community for trial and learning periods. After sufficient experience, a prospective Family Brother may make a formal commitment of mutual understanding for a specified period and scheduled times. For more details about the process, see Opportunities for Involvement on this website.

For additional questions please call Fr. Paul Jones at (417) 852-4601

We look forward to hearing from you,

The Trappist monastic community of Assumption Abbey