What to Expect

The Monastery Church of St. Augustine, photo by Br. Randy, OHCIf this is your first visit with us, you have questions about what to expect of your stay at the Monastery. You will have a comfortable, simply furnished private room (with shared bathroom facilities). The guestrooms are heated but not air conditioned.

On your scheduled date of arrival, you may check-in after 2 p.m. You will find a full schedule of meals and offices (the daily prayers of the monks) on the desk in your guestroom. Your first opportunity to join the monks in their daily round of corporate prayer in the church would be Vespers which is sung at 5 p.m. The first meal after that is supper which is served in the refectory at 6 p.m. sharp.

We request that you present yourselves for meals a few minutes before their scheduled times. Your presence at offices and mass is welcome but completely optional. Let the rhythm of prayer offices and meals guide you into the life of the monastery. There is lots of time in-between to just be, rest and respond to whatever the Spirit calls forth in you (naps and walks are enduring favorites).

At night, we observe the Great Silence. This requires all guests to refrain from conversation and any other noise-making (unless an emergency occurs, of course). The Great Silence starts at 8.30 p.m. and continues until the next morning at 8.30 a.m.

Parking space is available at the monastery’s upper parking lot.

On your day of departure, we ask that you strip your bed and re-make it with fresh linens. If you would say a prayer for the next occupant of that guestroom, that would be a blessing.

We request that, by 10 a.m., your belongings be packed and grouped in as small a space of your guestroom as possible. This will allow our cleaning staff to prepare the room in time for the next arriving guests. Your reservation is inclusive of lunch on your day of departure.

Upon arrival, you will find, in your guestroom, a document with a fuller orientation to making the most of your stay at the Guesthouse. But if you have questions that need to be answered before that, feel free to contact the Guest House Office.

Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)