The joy of the Gospel, which makes us open to encountering God and our brothers and sisters, does not abide our slowness and our sloth. It will not fill our hearts if we keep standing by the window with the excuse of waiting for the right time, without accepting this very day the risk of making a decision. Vocation is today! The Christian mission is now!
Pope Francis - Message for the 2018 World Day of Vocation

Do you want to find out more about our way of life?
The sisters of Redwoods describe monastic life and their call in this video.

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Monastic Experience Weekends (MEW) for young Catholic women discerning God's call in their lives.

Thursday, June 7 - Sunday, June 10, 2018

This is an opportunity for those discerning a religious vocation to listen deeply to God's voice and experience the richness of monastic life: silence, the beauty of nature, private and communal prayer, and meditation. Sisters will be available to guide personal discernment.

The schedule includes participation in the monastic hours of prayer, Eucharist, and meditation with the sisters in the monastic choir. There will be conferences on prayer and monastic spirituality as well as time for hikes in our old growth redwood forests as weather and time permit. Meals will be taken with the sisters and lodging is in the Guest House. Some time for manual labor may also be included.

Click here to download a schedule of the event

Apply online
or contact Sr Suzanne, vocationdirector@redwoodsabbey.org

Comments from MEW participants

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"The Monastic Experience Weekend is beautiful. I realized how God invites me into prayer and awareness of His goodness, lovingness to us all."
"Personally I found the whole experience beneficial, especially meditation and lectio divina were the moments that helped me find stillness within."

"Definitely I would recommend it (the Weekend) to people even if they are not interested in monastic life, because maybe they are, but they just are afraid to show their interest."

"Everything was fantastic."

"The joyful openness everyone fosters here. I felt free to explore the forest, which I know gives me life, but also invited to interact with everyone because of the joy with which you live."

"To be given the chance to step into the life here. For me it was really valuable to experience for myself how a life of prayer actually works... not just the Office and Mass, but how work and living in the surroundings here are a part of the holistic prayer lifestyle."
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"I have ascended to the highest in me, and look! The Lord is towering above that. In my curiosity I have descended to explore my lowest depths, yet I found God even deeper. If I looked outside myself, I saw God stretching beyond the furthest I could see; and if I looked within, God was yet further within. Then I knew the truth of what I had read, ’In God we live and move and have our being.’"

Bernard of Clairvaux, Cistercian, 12th Century
Monastic life sets the seeker on a journey. We seek the One who seeks us. There is grace upon grace as we find and are found over and over again. In the context of prayer, silence, solitude, and community, this quest is nourished and shared.

If you are experiencing the stirrings of a call to monastic life, and are a Roman Catholic woman, single, between the ages of 22 and 40, and of good physical and psychological health, contact:

Vocation Director
Redwoods Monastery
18104 Briceland Thorn Rd.
Whitethorn CA 95589

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To reach a true awareness of God as well as ourselves, we have to renounce our selfish and limited self and enter into a whole new kind of existence, discovering an inner center of motivation and love which makes us see ourselves and everything else in an entirely new light.

Thomas Merton, Cistercian Author of 20th Century

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