How to Become a Monk

Monks come from many different backgrounds and ways of life.

The most important question a community asks when a person comes to be a monk is: Does this man have a vocation to live as a Benedictine monk with us? Other aspects of life, such as academic qualifications, are secondary. A man who wishes to become a monk will usually be aged between 17 and 40, and he will be a baptised, confirmed and practising Roman Catholic. In order to be considered as a candidate, it is necessary to visit us a few times and to stay in the guest house. This is an opportunity to talk to the Vocations’ Director and other monks, and to get to know more about us and our way of life.

If it seems right, then a man can apply to enter the monastery as a postulant.

For more information, or to find out more about vocations at Downside, contact the Vocations’ Director by e-mail.