If you are a regular reader of our web site you have been following the exploits of 12 men who spent a full two days immersed in the monastic community (5 of whom are candidates for monastic life). You also know we have been asked by others to conduct an MIW for anyone interested in strengthening their contemplative prayer life. And we heard from last year’s participants that they would like them to be longer…so, the community has just announced two new MIWs for 2013, and has increased their length from a weekend to a full week! One week is for those men discerning a monastic vocation and one is for women and men interested in totally immersing themselves in the life of the Cistercian Community of Our Lady of the Holy Cross. Space is very limited so if you want us to hold a spot for you send email to firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us which week you want to attend. AND if you want to guarantee a spot send a $100 non-refundable deposit to the Companion Office at the monastery (Please note because of the extra materials, planning etc., MIWs participants are asked to pay $400 for the week).
If you wish to attend an MIW you must agree to participate in the entire four days of monastic programs including Vigils at 3:30am, choir practice, three conferences and a period of manual labor…for the men’s retreat participants will sit in choir with the monastic community and participate in the Office; for the mixed MIW participants will sit in special seating and participate in the Office. Everything else including materials provided, special clothing , including choir shirt and conferences remain the same.
APRIL 8-12, 2013 MIW for women and men interested in the contemplative life;
SEPTEMBER 9-13, 2013 MIW for men only with special attention to those discerning a monastic life with our community
Questions: call Kurt at 540-955-4604 or email email@example.com