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Last updated: January 24, 2014 (6 months ago)
Listing created on: June 29, 2009

Our Lady of the Incarnation Monastery

(, Wisconsin, United States)

  • Status: Re-forming
  • Formed: 2003  Established: 2003
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Contact Name: Dom Joseph OSB
  • Phone: 920-397-7300
  • Address:

    , Wisconsin, 53538
    United States

  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Contact the Abbot, domjosephosb@gmail.com

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes
    If interested in a consecrated and vowed life

Mission Statement:

Benedictine Order, Christian

Community Description:

Small, independent Benedictine community following the Rule of St. Benedict, Incarnation is a small, independent Benedictine monastery, we are seeking new members, preferably males, due to our living situation as monks. We will consider everyone who applies, and who can begin to live a Benedictine life under the authority of the Abbot. Age and health limits apply, 21 – 60 generally, but we will consider all, generally since this is a monastic community, the currently married will need to both be willing to live in community under vows. We pray four times a day, with a daily Eucharist, plenty of silence, study, lectio divina and still prayer time, make use of both Eastern Orthodox and Western Rite liturgies. We would like to find an appropriate place, a large house with many rooms for a monastery building, together with secluded space for individual hermitages for our members seeking more solitude, and for those who would like to come for desert or hermitage days or weeks. We are open to area either in the Midwest (Wisconsin, Ohio, Illinois) or near Tennessee, Virginia, Kentucky, West Virginia, Indiana or who knows – if you are aware of any let us know. A space for a large garden and a chapel would also be wonderful. If this interests you, and you would like to live a Benedictine monastic life,
we would enjoy hearing from you.


  • Adult Members: 1
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Benedictine Rule, daily prayer, study, labor and Mass

    Independent Community, will consider all of the Christian Faith, who are willing to bring their lives into alignment with the Rule of Saint Benedict

    No school aged children, due to the nature of the monastic life.

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (includes “all religions”)
  • Education Style(s): Up to each individual


  • Decision Making: Democracy (majority rule)
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: The Abbot

    Monastic chapter

    The Abbot makes decisions with consesus

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Small Town
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Additional Comments: We are seeking a place to live in the country with space for a garden, hermitages for each member and visitors, together with a larger space for meals, community time, and relaxation.

    We will incorporate any land that we receive and it will be held in trust.

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: 100%
  • Shared Expenses: 100%
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Join Fee: 0
  • Regular Fee: 0
  • Additional Comments: We are a small, independent Benedictine order, which needs to support itself.

    Do not feel you cannot contact us because of existing debt.

    Four to six hours a day of manual labor, gardening, cleaning, and this of that nature.

    Money to share expenses of the house

    Monastic life shares and holds everything in common


  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Very important – we all share a common diet.
  • Dietary Practice: Mostly Vegetarian
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional comments: Monastics eat their meals in common.

    We are still a developing community and we are hoping to develop a sustaining garden for our veggies.

    We are open to all diets, with leanings toward vegetarian

    Open to all, presently vegetarian four times a week at supper.

    We use wine at the Mass/Eucharist

    No smoking is allowed anywhere.

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Our Lady of the Incarnation Monastery

Fair Housing Laws

Our community is a legally sanctioned church or religious organization and living in our community is restricted to members of that religion as allowed by law. Our religion does not discriminate based on race, color, or national origin. Housing in our community is non-commercial (i.e. not intended to make a profit)., Our housing is a single housing unit and requires the sharing of bathroom, kitchen and common space membership/residency may be restricted based on sex/gender in accordance with the law. Our community does not discriminate based on race/color, national origin, religion, family status (i.e. having children, not having children, or being pregnant), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, source of income, age, creed, personal appearance, political affiliation, HIV infection, military/veteran status, unfavorable military discharge, gender identity or expression, receiving public assistance, or domestic abuse.


Benedictine, monks, hermits, monastic community, new monasticism, emergence

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