The Benedictine community of St. Anselm’s Abbey has begun an intentional community for as many as six men between the ages of 21 and 35 who are seeking to discern their God-given calling, whether to marriage, diocesan priesthood, religious life, or the lay state. Some are graduate students, others are young professionals. They have their own living area in one of the abbey’s buildings and regularly meet to share with one another their vocational search. They also have the opportunity to participate in the liturgical life of the abbey, to pray among themselves, to have their meals with the monastic community, and to receive spiritual direction from one of the monks if they so desire. The cost for room and board is $800 per month.

Members of the lay community will normally be in residence for one year, with the possibility of applying for one further year if they so desire. They will be expected to meet as a group every two weeks to discuss matters of discernment and should attend at least one of the abbey’s liturgical services each day. The possessions they bring with them should be no more than would fit into their room.

We want this program to be of great benefit to the participants, both individually and as a group. While they are often off the property during the day, either at a job or in class, at the abbey itself they are able to form their own small community with the assistance of the monk who oversees the program. Those who wish to apply should provide a c.v. as well as references and a statement indicating how they expect living in this community will be of benefit to them. They will also be interviewed by the abbot, the director of the program, and one further monk. If you wish to learn more, contact Abbot James Wiseman either by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 202-269-2303. Even better, you could come visit the abbey and speak with him in person.