Long-Term Volunteer Program

We are welcoming fully vaccinated volunteers at this time. You may send inquiries about our program and you will be contacted with information.

The goal of the Mount St. Scholastica Benedictine Volunteer Program is to provide the opportunity for women and men to participate in the Benedictine community, prayer, and ministry. Volunteers spend up to a year at Mount St. Scholastica, with the option of a one-year renewal. A small house on the monastery grounds is provided for one to six volunteers. 

Criteria for Acceptance

  • Over 21 years of age without dependents
  • Willingness to sign a waiver of liability
  • Sufficient health to participate in community life (must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19)
  • Financially independent to provide for major personal expenses, i.e. private vehicles, medications, long-distance transportation.
  • Ability to adapt to different works, rural/urban setting and community living
  • Desire to experience monastic living


While volunteers receive no salary, in return for services, we offer:

  • Room and board*
  • A negotiable stipend ($75.00/month max.)
  • Orientation
  • Daily participation in Liturgy of the Hours and opportunity for Eucharist
  • Lectures, classes, workshops, retreats and other educational or general enrichment opportunities available to the community
  • Spiritual Direction, if desired
  • Some recreational opportunities with the community

*If a volunteer receives payment for contracted services to another organization, service to the monastic community extends to “after hours” duties within the community. In this case, room and board costs will be assessed. 

Admission Process

Interested in applying? Contact Sister Loretta McGuire: lorettamc@mountosb.org

  • The completed application form, including three references (please no relatives) is reviewed by the Benedictine Volunteer Team and the Prioress.
  • A criminal background check will be conducted, along with a drug screen.
  • Applicant will need to provide proof of VIRTUS or other diocesan-approved training, or be willing to attend the required sessions.
  • The applicant is asked to have an interview with the Benedictine Volunteer Team, either in person or by the telephone. If the applicant is not acquainted with us, he/she will be encouraged to visit.
  • The applicant will be notified as to acceptance into the program. The arrival date and period of volunteer service (ordinarily one year, renewable for one year) will be mutually agreed upon and the Benedictine Volunteer Program Agreement will be processed.
  • There will be a four to six week probationary period following acceptance into the program

Program Participation

  • The Benedictine volunteer will participate in monastic life under the guidance of the Benedictine Volunteer Team, with one team member serving as main contact person.
  • A program to orientate the Benedictine Volunteer to monastic spirituality will be offered
  • A periodic assessment of the monastic experience will be held with the contact person and the Benedictine Volunteer Team
  • Should the experience not be satisfactory, participation in the Benedictine Volunteer program may be terminated by the volunteer or the community of Mount St. Scholastica.