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 Post subject: Monasteries, Etc.
PostPosted: Tue Jul 13, 2010 1:40 pm 
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If this is not the proper forum for this topic, please move it. I am posting it here mainly because I figure this is where it will get most views and/or responses.

My twin brother is in desperate need of help (aside from drugs and psychological counseling, which don't seem to be helping at all), and I'm thinking of trying to convince him to go and stay at a monastery for a while, or some other place that could provide the same benefits.

I need suggestions/recommendations on good places to look into that (if possible) are cheap (or free??), don't necessarily have long waiting lists, and are well-reputed to be filled with very holy people and to have a profound impact on the people who go there seeking refuge from severe spiritual and emotional conflict.

Thank you so much for any and all help. Please pray for my brother Billy!

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Benedictine monasteries welcome guests. Many others do, as well. They usually ask for a donation, sometimes a specified amount per night, to help defer costs. Usually retreatants can go to prayer time and Mass and can meet with a confessor/spiritual director on request. At some monasteries men can join the monks for some or all meals, while at others they are expected to provide their own food.

Be cautious, though. Silence and solitude are very good for some people at some times and very troubling for other people at other times. Being alone, just yourself and God, can be difficult for people. I imagine this is especially true for people struggling with mental health issues. Perhaps you two could go together for a long weekend or something, if you think he could have trouble with it.

I'll pray for him.

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Clear Creek is an an excellent place.

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Bon do the Carmelites in Wyoming allow people to come there too?



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Be cautious, though. Silence and solitude are very good for some people at some times and very troubling for other people at other times. Being alone, just yourself and God, can be difficult for people. I imagine this is especially true for people struggling with mental health issues.

This is an excellent point that is actually making me reconsider my initial excitement at the possibility of sending him to a monastery. My brother is extremely lonely.

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Bon do the Carmelites in Wyoming allow people to come there too?



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When I was there, they were not set up for people other than those discerning, but that was about 5-6 years ago. I'm afraid I don't know about now. Their website says that they want to be spiritual Fathers to souls, but I'm not sure if they want to have the new monastery built before they have those who are non-discerning visit.

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Thanks Bon.

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Bon do the Carmelites in Wyoming allow people to come there too?



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When I was there, they were not set up for people other than those discerning, but that was about 5-6 years ago. I'm afraid I don't know about now. Their website says that they want to be spiritual Fathers to souls, but I'm not sure if they want to have the new monastery built before they have those who are non-discerning visit.

What I was there last year it was much the same. They certainly were welcoming if you made it out to the middle of nowhere and wanted to attend Mass, but there wasn't any room for visitors and there is not any nearby accommodations. I mean the only other buildings nearby are the parish and a small house (presumably a sort of rectory). They do have some contact with a larger community. I know sometimes they celebrate the Carmelite rite of Mass in the parish Church, and once a week in Yellowstone National Park (on a Saturday morning). And when some "nearby" parish priest went on retreat and therefore the parish did not have a TLM they moved their Sunday conventual Mass ahead to a later time to take in people who normally went to that Mass. So they must have some contact with a larger community. (Unfortunately that was the day I showed up, and I had to wait several hours outside because of that).

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No advice but prayers for your brother.

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I will pray for your brother as well. :pray:

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