As you move along in discerning if Subiaco Abbey is the place where God is leading you, then you apply for entrance into our formation program, which lasts four and a half years, until solemn profession. New candidates enter the abbey in September or February for a period of six months. This is a time for testing the waters and experiencing monastic life up close. At the end of that time, you are voted upon by the community before entering your novitiate. This next step is moving deeper into the monastic life with a yearlong immersion into our way of life.
Towards the end of this novitiate year you are voted upon again by the community and, if accepted, make first profession of vows for a period of three years. This gives ample time to live in community and be certain that this is where you can best serve God. Another vote by your fellow monks at the end of your three years determines if you can proceed to solemn profession.
In a powerful ceremony that takes place during Mass when you make your solemn profession, you pronounce your vows and intone the words of Psalm 119: “Sustain me, O Lord, as You have promised, that I may live, and disappoint me not in my hope.” When you have lived the monastic life fully for some years, you realize how responsive God is to that petition — He generously rewards you, never disappointing you.
Here are the men (in order of seniority) presently living at our Abbey at various stages of the formation process to become solemnly professed monks. Please pray for them and consider joining them if God is calling you!