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Old Sep 16, '04, 8:18 pm
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Default Proper behavior at Monasteries

Not sure if this is the right forum for these questions, but:

When meeting an Abbot, is it appropriate to kiss his ring as you would the ring of a Bishop?

How should you address a monk if you're not sure if he's a priest or a brother?
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Old Sep 16, '04, 11:40 pm
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I haven't seen anyone kiss an abbot's ring - but I don't know if that is traditional or not.

The easiest way to address an abbot is "Fr. Abbot".

Not much you can do to tell the difference between a brother and a priest monk (except when they are vested for Mass).

About all you can do is call them all one or the other - and they'll correct you when appropriate.
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Old Sep 17, '04, 6:22 am
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Default Re: Proper behavior at Monasteries

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I haven't seen anyone kiss an abbot's ring - but I don't know if that is traditional or not.

The easiest way to address an abbot is "Fr. Abbot".

Not much you can do to tell the difference between a brother and a priest monk (except when they are vested for Mass).

About all you can do is call them all one or the other - and they'll correct you when appropriate.
The abbot's jurisdiction, if he is a "mitered Abbot" is only for his community. I doubt anybody today would expect you to kiss a ring -- IF he wears one.

How about saying: "Brother -- or is it Father?"
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Old Sep 17, '04, 12:43 pm
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Default Re: Proper behavior at Monasteries

I have seen pictures of Abbots, read about Abbots and would not know much I caould say to an Abbot. Maybe , before I die, I will see an Abbot. But tipping your hat wouldn't be a bad thing to do.
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Old Sep 17, '04, 1:56 pm
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When meeting an Abbot, is it appropriate to kiss his ring as you would the ring of a Bishop?

How should you address a monk if you're not sure if he's a priest or a brother?
The most imporatnt question: how do you address the Abbot?

Heeeeey Abbott!
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Old Sep 18, '04, 7:36 am
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Smile Re: Proper behavior at Monasteries

Three important rules to remember when visiting the Abbey:

1) Don't run with scissors!

2) Don't chew gum with your mouth open!

3) Pray
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Old Sep 18, '04, 11:05 am
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Proper behavior at a monastery is prayer and penance.

Here is a helpful link for information about addressing priests and religious.
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Old Sep 18, '04, 4:54 pm
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Default Re: Proper behavior at Monasteries

Monk's can still be called Brothers even if they are Priests, in the Friary by me the majority of the friars are Priests but they still call one another Brother and sign themselves as Brother.

But I like to call them Father

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Old Sep 18, '04, 5:44 pm
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I'm fairly new and just started RCIA.

I suppose nobody will say this. But I think it should be said.

When visiting a monastery, please dress conservatively. If you are a woman (or young woman) visiting, please dress in a manner that is not revealing. This includes any teenagers coming with you.

Actually, I am somewhat surprised at how some women dress sometimes at Mass. Our Priests are human. They and their vows deserve respect. Not temptation.
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