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#1 Teofil Munteanu

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 04:30 AM

Good evening esteemed brothers and sisters in Christ,

 

I have, for a long time, looked into the monastic life and have wished to be tonsured a monk, after I finish proper schooling and know more about our faith, of course. Can anyone please tell me how one knows when he is ''called'' to take on the monastic life? I know it is a very hard decision, and am well aware that one must first become a novice and remain for a period of time in the monastery (usually several years) before the spiritual father/abbot of the monastery knows for sure that the candidate is ready to be tonsured a monk. I would very much appreciate an answer to this question, preferably by a monk/nun or an Orthodox clergy member. Thank you all very much for your time, I wish you a blessed remainder of Lent and ask for your prayers.

 

-Teofil 



#2 Fr Raphael Vereshack

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 05:06 PM

The best thing is to visit any monasteries that God calls you to and to speak with the abbot there.



#3 Rdr Andreas

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 07:40 PM

You should consult your spiritual father.  This is not a matter for an open forum on the www.



#4 Father David Moser

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 07:04 PM

As Father Raphael (himself a monk of many years experience) said: Visit monasteries, live there as a layman worker for a period of time, consult the spiritual father and abbot of the monastery as well as your own spiritual father.  If you are truly called to be a monastic, you will likely be approached by the abbot with the suggestion that you become a novice.

 

Fr David






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