Daily Life

“Clothed then with faith and the performance of good works, let us set out on this way, with the Gospel for our guide, that we may deserve to see him who has called us to his kingdom.”

The Rule of Saint Benedict, Prologue


The daily schedule of a monk’s life at Saint Meinrad is given below:

5:30 a.m.        Prayer: Vigils & Lauds

6:30 a.m.        Breakfast
7:00 a.m.        Lectio Divina (Holy Reading)
7:30 a.m.        Conventual Mass
8:30 a.m.        Work
12:00 noon    Prayer: Midday Prayer & Lunch
1:00 p.m.        Work
5:00 p.m.        Prayer: Vespers
5:30 p.m.        Lectio Divina (Holy Reading)
6:00 p.m.        Supper
6:30 p.m.        Community Recreation
7:00 p.m.        Prayer: Compline
7:30 p.m.        Recreation, Study & Leisure

Monks aim for a balanced life of prayer and work with time for recreation and leisure.  Much of the day is spent in silence as a way of maintaining a prayerful atmosphere and charity among the brothers. However, there are times for recreation and conversation together which includes table games, bike riding, and sitting around a fire talking.