Monastic Vows

A monastic life is a life dedicated to the search for God. An individual monk undertakes spritual formation and training in meditation for assistance in this search. One of the basic tenets of searching for God, and a basic step along the path to finding what is being sought, is to intentionally lose the aspects of self that prevent success in this endeavor. The monastic vows are an aid in losing these aspects of self. Sacred Heart monks take four vows—obedience, stability, conversion of life, and a vow of nonviolence. 

There are two types of monastic ordination that you can receive: either full ordination to the office of presbyter (priest), or becoming a vowed lay practitioner.

Our lay practitioners are considered full members of the sangha, however they do not have the priestly faculties to celebrate the Holy Eucharist nor to perform any sacraments of the church. They can however become meditation teachers and enjoy full participation is the life of the community. 

Our spiritual practitioners whether lay or ordained can be married or single, either with or without children. The lay practitioners wear the same robes as our ordained monastics, with the only difference being a white stripe through the middle of their upper robes - the prayer shawl. 

If you are an ordained monastic you have the option of also taking a vow of celibacy, however this is not required. 

Unlike monasticism in the traditional Eastern sense, you can be married or single, with our without children. We believe, while occasionally providing slight additional obstacles, it is possible to live a monastic life if you are married or in a relationship. Before under taking spiritual formation you are required to obtain the consent of your significant other - as their support will be critical during your formative years and beyond.

None of our spiritual practitioners live in community at this time. Some day we hope to have a fully self-sustaining retreat center where practitioners from all faith traditions can come to perform group or solitary short term or long term retreats.