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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Monastic Experience

This ecumenical opportunity is available for groups of 6-9 persons (men and/or women) who will live in the guest wing of the monastery for a week-long immersion in monastic life. There will be classes throughout the week with input from various monks, participation in daily Mass and the Divine Office (beginning each day at 3:30 A.M.), and daily work - possibly alongside the monks. The group will experience a simulation of the monk's life when full participation with the monks is not possible. Such an experience is ideal for college and seminary classes. Cost is determined according to means.

Contact: Fr. Paul Jones
(417) 852-4601


This opportunity is available to groups of 6-9 persons who will live at Assumption Abbey for a week-long immersion experience in monastic life. The participants will live in the Guest Wing of the monastery and experience in simulation any experiences not possible with the monks themselves.

  • Immersion Participants:

    • Ecumenically open to men and women

    • Ideal for college and seminary groups

  • Location:

    • Assumption Abbey is 20 miles south of Ava, Missouri, nestled in the rugged, wooded Ozarks. Clear streams flow through this beautiful site, a place apart, offering peace and solitude.

  • Monastic Life: The monastic day unfolds like this:

    • 3:15 A.M. Rise

    • 3:30 Office of Vigils

    • 6:30 Office of Lauds (Morning Prayer) and Eucharist

    • 9:00 Office of Terce (Mid-Morning Prayer) followed by monastic work

    • 11:45 Office of Sext (Mid-Day Prayer), followed by dinner in common and clean-up; (siesta optional)

    • 2:00 P.M. Office of None (Mid-Afternoon Prayer), then work until 4:30

    • 5:45 Office of Vespers (Evening Prayer) and Community Meditation

    • 7:40 Compline and retire

The participants will live the full monastic day, including time for personal prayer, reading, and walks, supplemented with presentations by individual monks on the Rule of St. Benedict and various aspects of the monastic life.