Sometimes it's good to let people know all the things the monks do to help out our local and particular Church. Many people know a little bit about us, but it might be helpful to give you a picture of all that our monks do for the good of the Church and our local community.
First and foremost, of course, is our ministry of prayer. We spend between 3 and 4 hours a day in liturgical community prayer. In addition we try to pray as much as possible in our hearts ("Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in all things give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you!" 1 Thess. 5:16-18)
These prayers are for ourselves, the Church and all the world. We receive hundreds of prayer intention requests a month. And we try to remember each one by name, and to write down each name in our remembrance books (known as our "Dyptichs").
After these most important services we also do many other things, including:
- Receive thousands of guests each year as pilgrims, individual or guest retreatants (including organized retreats) or just as friends looking for a quiet place.
- Give spiritual direction to dozens of people a month by appointment.
- Help support our community by providing quality baked goods through our monthly last Saturday bake sales and other fundraising catering work.
- Go out to parishes, prayer and Bible Studies and other organizations at least two or three times a week to give talks on prayer and evangelization.
- Giving parish missions and group retreats locally in the Green Bay Diocese, and in many parishes elsewhere in the United States.
- Fr. Maximos earns some money for the community by working part time at
- A number of the community and monastic associates write extensively for Catholic online and hard copy news outlets, including our eparchial news letter, Unirea, Theosis Magazine and websites such as Catholic World Report and Catholic Exchange.
- Abbot Nicholas works with the Ecumenical office of the Diocese of Green Bay to help promote better relations between local churches, Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox.
- Abbot Nicholas has also worked with various media outlets, especially EWTN, to help provide content that spreads the good news of how Eastern Catholic monks can contribute to the New Evangelization.
These are just some of the things we do. We also have a big and historic building to take of, restore and landscape. In the past we've even milked cows to help make ends meet!
As you can see, we're always busy!