What We Do

Daily Life

Saint Benedict challenged each monk to “pray without ceasing” during a day devoted to the practice of Liturgy, Lectio and Labor.

Liturgy refers to the four times a day when the monks gather in common prayer.

Lectio is solitary prayer, a practice especially emphasized in Camaldolese spirituality. It incorporates scriptural study and contemplative meditation.

Labor is a required part of each day. All monks routinely share the daily tasks of community living, from preparing the daily common meal to washing pots and pans.

In addition, monks employ their personal talents in art, music, writing, baking, office management, gardening, etc.

Throughout the day, each monk attempts first and foremost to remain constantly aware of the presence of God.