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Yes, their work ethic is very striking. Rise at midnight--full office, including Matins, maybe Prime? Farming, cheesemaking, husbandry of the land. They have interns and a lot of hospitality. Walburga in CO also farms--both of them in a tough northern climate. They do accept--RL, that is--older vocs, I think, but stamina is definitely a must.
Ora et labora -- Work and pray. That is the Benedictine motto, for lack of a better word.
Back in the days when I was investigating contemplative communities, however, I never found a single community that didn't have an intense work and prayer ethic. Poor Clares, Carmelites, Benedictines (the orders I visited) -- all of them had a schedule that would try the stamina of the most well-trained athelete :D But when that life is embraced for the love of God and the salvation of souls, the burden is light.
Anode, is Regina Laudis a community you are considering for yourself?