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Monastic Life and Formation

The Community takes its prayer life very seriously and follows the Rule of St Benedict and Benedictine Practices as strictly as it is possible to do while serving the local villagers and the Diocese.

All the monks in the monastery are tasked with duties that require manual work, the nine brothers in formation are no exception to this. This is an excerpt from the report by Brother Lawrence OSB, who is responsible for formation:

“Brothers in formation have their different tasks to do in the monastery. Brother Francis who is one of the juniors is in charge of our vegetable gardens and also does tailoring for the monastery. He is assisted by Brother Edward (postulant) in the garden. Brother Michael takes care of our orchard. Brothers Paul and Mandla (also a postulant), are in charge of poultry; they have just received training for this from one of the people from the Polokwane department of agriculture, who volunteered to assist with training for better production. Brother Laurent is our Kitchener. Brother Julius is doing matric at St. Bede’s High School and is involved in training the choir. Brother Stephan is involved in teaching Religious Education, since he has experience in this area. Our novice brother Jean Jacques looks after the cloister garden making sure that it always looks beautiful. “

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