Saint Benedict Institute

An intensive study for young men pursuing undergraduate or graduate studies; hosted by the Benedictines of Saint Benedict Abbey, Still River, Massachusetts.

Masters of Monastic Tradition:

Saint Augustine

August 19-25, 2018


The Rule of Saint Augustine is the oldest known western monastic rule, and the writings of Saint Augustine form the foundation for Christian thought in the West and for the great monastic tradition that developed and flourished in the Christian West and is still flourishing around the globe today. For its first annual Masters of the Monastic Tradition seminar, the Saint Benedict Institute invites ten young men currently pursuing undergraduate or graduate studies to come to Saint Benedict Abbey in Still River, Massachusetts, to participate in a weeklong intensive seminar studying the work of Saint Augustine.

The participants selected will be guests at the Abbey for the week of August 19-25 (arriving on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 19 and leaving on Saturday morning, Aug. 25). They will engage in intensive study of the thought of Saint Augustine with Drs. Mark J. Clark and Timothy B. Noone of the schools of theology and philosophy, respectively, of The Catholic University of America.

There will be two study sessions daily: two hours in the morning, and two hours in the afternoon. There will also be ample opportunity to continue conversations started in the seminar while enjoying the beautiful grounds and during local excursions to Boston and nearby sites.

Participants will be invited to join the monks at dinner, if they so choose, and all will be welcome to attend the daily Mass and monastic offices. All participants will receive free room and board for the week as well as a stipend of up to $300.00 to cover costs of travel to and from the monastery.

Those interested should fill out and submit the online application along with a PDF of a Statement of Interest and a Letter of Reference from a professor to the director, Dr. Clark. The application, a statement of interest, and letter of reference from a professor is due by May 31, 2018.

Those selected will be notified of their acceptance by June 30, 2018.