The 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:


August 18-24, 2019


St. Jerome is as famous for his foundational work on the Bible as he is for his influential letters and writings on asceticism and monastic life. His writings were profoundly influential in the Latin West, and it would be impossible to overstate his influence on Christian theology and study of the Bible: the foundation and apex of Christian theology.

For its second 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 Jerome.

Participants will be guests at the Abbey for the week of August 18-24, 2019, arriving on Sunday afternoon and departing on the morning of the following Saturday.

There will be two study session 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 the conversations started in the lecture hall and enjoyment of the beautiful grounds of the Abbey. Recreations, formal and informal, will also be an integral part of the week.

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 participants will receive free room and board for the week, as well as a stipend of up to $300.00 to cover the costs of travel to and from the monastery.

Those interested should fill out the one-page application available by clicking here. All necessary information can be found on that page.