THE EVANGELICAL MONTH
Among the young men and women who visit our monasteries, some are called by the Lord to the solitary monastic life. Usually, they express their questions to the brother or sister who is responsible for hospitality. The prior or prioress of the monastery might then in turn invite them to come to the “evangelical month.”
The “evangelical month” is a silent retreat of discernment. It lasts approximately one month and is usually during the month of August. It is open to all young men and women of all nationalities and languages. Each participant, whose path is unique, is accompanied in his /her discernment by two monks or monastic sisters. Two times per day, with the monastic community that hosts them, the participants gather in the church to sing the liturgy which celebrates the mysteries of the Most Holy Trinity and of Christ. These mysteries are presented and explained in daily catechesis, which each participant listens to in his/her own language in his/her cell. There are also audio-visual “biblical pilgrimages” which illustrate and complete these instructions. Eucharistic adoration, prayer workshops and several profound and joyful gatherings are also offered.