The Saint Benedict Institute


Unfortunately, the Institute has been cancelled for Summer 2020. If you are interesting in Summer 2021, please contact us so we can keep you updated.

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:




St. Benedict of Nursia, regarded by many as the founder of monasticism in the Latin West, is as famous for his sanctity and miracles as he is for the Rule, which became the basis for monastic life in the Benedictine Order that he founded and in its many reforms and offshoots. Both his life, recounted by Pope Saint Gregory the Great in a magisterial biography, and the Rule that he composed have been profoundly influential in the Latin West, and it would be impossible to overstate his influence on Christian souls within and without monastic communities.

For its third annual Masters of the Monastic Tradition Institute, St. Benedict Abbey invites ten young men, pursuing either undergraduate or graduate studies, to come to St. Benedict Abbey in Still River, MA, as its guests for the week of August 16 – 22, 2020 (arriving on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 16 and leaving on Saturday morning, Aug. 22) for intensive study of the Rules of Saint Benedict and of Saint Augustine together with Gregory’s Life of Saint Benedict.

Leading the Institute are Professors 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 not only for Mass but also for conversations started in the lecture hall on the beautiful grounds of St. Benedict Abbey.

Recreations formal and informal will also be an integral part of the week. On one day, after morning class, we take the rest of the day and go to the beach at Manomet, five miles south of Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Meals and Stipend
Guests will be invited to join the monks at dinner, if they so choose, and all will be welcome to attend the daily monastic offices. All guests will receive free room and board for the week plus a stipend of up to $300 to cover costs of travel to and from the monastery.

If you have additional questions, please email Professor Clark.

The application together with a letter of intent and a letter of reference from a professor is due by July 1, 2020. If you have attended a previous Institute, you don’t have to send Professor Clark a letter of reference. Those selected will be notified of their acceptance within weeks of their completed applications.


Online Application Form