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Dom Marcel Carbotte,
Abbot of Our Lady of the Prairies

The following are a series of common questions on the topic of monasticism we posed to Dom Marcel Carbotte, Abbot of Our Lady of the Prairies. Click the questions to read his answers.

How old does someone have to be to become a monk?

How and when does one "hear the calling?"

What is the process to become a monk?

How did you become an Abbot?

Why are monks vegetarians?

Why are the Psalms so important to Trappist monasticism?

What is the significance of the eight-petal design of the original rose window in the Monastery?

What is the Trappist viewpoint on the contemporary global environmental crisis?

What is the significance of the different color robes?

Do the monks still use sign language? Is it still a silent order? If so, is that hard?

Why are monks only men?

How do the Trappists respond to global crisis such as poverty, social injustice and war?

Where does the Trappist tradition of waking so early in the morning originate?


What is the significance of the two different bells and how they are rung?

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