Some words by Merton on the Cistercian Vocation

The following is a short quote from a vocational booklet written by Thomas Merton:
“Sometimes a man is led to the monastic life by a deep, persistent and long-standing attraction, with a gradually dawning inner conviction that this is what he should do. This may involve a great deal of uncertainty and inner conflict. Relatively few vocations are decided without struggle. But any Catholic man who sincerely seeks to give his life to God in the monastery, who understands what monastic life is all about, and who is willing to accept the life as it actually is, may apply for admission.”
Are you interested in discerning such a vocation? We will be happy to hear from you and give you guidance. Please contact our Vocations Director: or via our contact page on the website: 

Photo taken on 10th August 2018 during our visit to Clonmacnoise.