I am looking for pointers or information for reverend, orthodox even traditional benedictine communities for me who will accept older applicants as I am 49. I have no debts or health problems so no impediments. so many traditional communities do not accept older applicants. i dont care if its “active” or “contemplative” but it needs to be faithful to the magisterium. any ideas?
Wherein it states that all religious institutes that are in communion with the Church are by definition orthodox.
As for “reverent” that is a subjective item and it is best that you visit various communities to see if they are a fit for you.
As for traditional, I am assuming that you are using the rather limited definition of “traditional” as is used on this forum meaning a preference for the Extraordinary Form of the Mass.
For religious “traditional” can have a much larger meaning, such as are they faithful in the following of their rule, the vision of their founder/s (that is if they have a founder), their constitutions and/or statues.
I can only second what Friar David has said. There are many fine Benedictine communities in the states. ( I know and have visited two wonderful communities on the West coast and know many fine men who are members of those communities) I would encourage you to visit different ones as a commitment to a community means a commitment to that location. A Benedictine priest who is a kind, spirit filled man true to his community shared with me recently that when he was discerning his vocation ,he visited a half dozen communities before his selection. This makes sense as you have to find a community who fits with your needs and vice versa. (Similar to what I as a Poor Clare had to do in finding the “right” monastery and community for me.
I would definitely look at the Benedictine website and begin looking…
Blessings… Sr. Debbie, OSC*