If you are a female who is considering a religious vocation and are interested in the contemplative life and potentially Benedictine Spirituality, you mash to consider a vocation to the Abbey of Regina Laudis, in Bethlehem, CT.
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Regina Laudis is a monastery of contemplative Benedictine women living in union with the Roman Catholic Church and following the Rule of St. Benedict according to the Primitive Observance. Founded in 1947 in Bethlehem, Connecticut by Mother Benedict Duss.
Having been born out of the devastation of World War II, the Abbey of Regina Laudis continues to regard its mission as a call to spiritual combat with the forces of chaos and evil, relying on the one weapon that cannot be overcome, the prayer of hearts bonded in Eucharistic love. Thus our Foundation history gives our spirituality its defining stamp and is essential to understanding the Regina Laudis Community.
Regina Laudis was elevated to the status of an abbey in 1976. The community of Regina Laudis is presently made up of 40 women, representing a wide diversity of personal andprofessional backgrounds. Regina Laudis means Queen of Praise. Our prime mission as contemplative Benedictines is to pray the Divine Office or Liturgy of the Hours, keeping the prayer of the psalms resonating through the day and night, every day of the year.
In order to give ourselves as fully as possible to the mission to pray without ceasing, we live and work within the enclosure of the monastery. The enclosure, marked by physical walls and grille work in certain locations, functions like the permeable membrane of a cell wall that allows life to flow in and out.
The stable but essentially dynamic character of our monastic life is determined by the constantly interpenetrating rhythms of prayer, work, and study.
We seek to extend participation in this dynamism to guests whenever possible through various forms of hospitality, in accordance with St. Benedict’s admonition to receive each guest as Christ. The Benedictine motto is ora et labora: prayer and work. Our work is twofold, including both lectio divina, which means sacred reading or study, and manual work. In the monastic tradition the texts of Scripture, the writings of the Church Fathers, and other inspired texts are regarded as fertile fields to be cultivated with the whole of one’s being. The word of God, when taken in and pondered in the memory of the heart, helps us to read all our daily experiences, great and small, in the perspective of faith.
As we develop a contemporary understanding of the dignity of all human labor and the Gospel mandate to be wise stewards of creation, we strive to support new and diverse expressions of that stewardship. We believe contemplative life must build on natural aptitudes and prior professional experience. As she moves through the stages of formation within the enclosure, each woman is challenged and helped to find new forms of the particular service God has called her to, whether that be through land and animal management, scholarship, art, law, social services, the performing arts, medicine or any other area of human endeavor.
Formation at Regina Laudis follows the classical stages of Postulancy, Novitiate, First Vows, Perpetual Vows and the reception of the Consecratio Virginis, the ancient Rite of Consecration to a Life of Virginity. Each nun takes the uniquely Benedictine vows of Stability, Conversion of Life and Obedience: Stability, binding her perpetually to this particular monastic community; Conversion of Life, obliging her to choose every day to re-center herself in God through the community; and Obedience, by which she pledges fidelity to the authority of the Abbess and all those delegated to take responsibility within the “school of the Lord’s service.”