Monastic life

What is a monk?

Christians did not invent the monastic life. There are monks in many religions. The monks of Maredsous follow the Rule of St Benedict; that is why they are called "Benedictines".

We live in community. Together we share our joys, our sorrows, our resources. Our life is balanced between prayer, lectio divina and many works, according to the Benedictine's motto "Ora et labora" (pray and work).

At the end of your visit, leave any intentions for prayers you may have with us; or take away any spiritual text you may like to keep.