Labor Day Weekend with the Monks

The monks of Gethsemani have lived, worked and prayed together for nearly 175 years. 

Experience our monastic life and see if the Lord may be calling you to follow him in this beautiful vocation!

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until Come and See 2023

What's required?

The Come and See weekend is open to single men between the ages of 18 and 35. Participants must be Roman Catholic and enjoy good health of mind and body. 

Event Schedule

Friday, September 1 – arrival in the afternoon before 3:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 3  –  departure anytime Sunday afternoon  (or stay until Monday morning, September 4).

Travel details (including airport or bus pickup if needed) will be supplied by Fr. Anton.

A detailed schedule will be available upon arrival.

What to Expect

Attend the “Hours” of prayer in choir with the monks.

Tour the monks’ work places.

Walk the abbey’s extensive lands and enjoy the scenic knobs of Kentucky.

Join the monks in Chapter Room on Sunday for the Abbot’s weekly spiritual talk.

There will be sessions for listening to others to see how God has worked in their lives, including a visit to Thomas Merton’s hermitage with our monks in formation.


There is no charge to participate, but space is limited. Respond early to assure a place in the weekend experience.

If you are interested, please contact Fr. Anton at  or call 502-549-4116.  Please tag the subject line on your email “Come and See.”

We look forward to meeting you.

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