Meet the Worldwide Novices
Sr. Maggie, OSB-F
Hello and welcome!
I’m Sr. Maggie, Cloister Contemplative. Amma Jane asked me to introduce you to our recently welcomed Worldwide Novices. Like me, these novices do not live in Mountainside, New Jersey, where the Feline Cloister is rooted. We live in the United States and around the world.
In Chapter 58 – The Procedure for Receiving Monastics, Benedict gives instructions for teaching new members who are called “novices.” Back in Benedict’s time a potential member might have to knock at the door for four or five days! (RB 58.3) Benedict wanted to make sure that they were serious about seeking God and not just interested in food and a bed.
Today monasteries open their doors to potential members readily. As in Benedict’s time, there is a period of instruction and testing before a person or feline takes the vows of Stability, Obedience and Conversion of Life, dedicating their life to God and the community. Key to the instruction is, of course, learning all about The Rule of St. Benedict.
As you read about each novice not only will you learn about them. You will also learn about teachings in the Rule, through Rule quotes and explanations. Each new novice had a Zoom call with Br. Ricky, Novice Master.
Are you ready to become a Worldwide Novice in the Feline Cloister? For the simple application form, tap your paw here.
Welcome Worldwide Novices!
On behalf of the Feline Cloister I welcome the following felines who have promised
to learn about The Rule of St Benedict, to be with us and with each other in community through the internet, and
to prayerfully discern a decision to join the Worldwide Feline Cloister.
Willow – Jackson, Mississippi
Hello. I’m Willow, a 1 ½ year old female. I want to join the Feline Cloister because, in all honesty, I need self-discipline and tolerance for all others. Like most of my feline friends and relatives, I feel that the world revolves around me. Having everything my...
Cleopatra Whitney – Peabody, Massachusetts
Hello! My name is Cleopatra Whitney. I am 7 years young; in human years that’s 44 years old. I would like to join the Feline Cloister because my human finds me to be very spiritual, and I want to stay that way. On our recent Zoom call, Br. Ricky, our Novice Master,...
Novice Jake – Everett, Washington
I would like to join the Feline Cloister because my mother loves St. Benedict and I would like to know more about him. At 12 years old I have matured in my outlook on life. This has opened the door for getting closer to God and for setting aside some feline pursuits...
Novice Trouble – Wynot, Nebraska
Just like my feline housemate Georgette, I would like to join the Feline Cloister because my human is a Benedictine Oblate and I want to do everything she does. I can see that she tries very hard to live her Rule of Life and I admire her dedication. I am a...
Novice Georgette – Wynot, Nebraska
I would like to join the Feline Cloister because my human is a Benedictine Oblate and I want to do everything she does. I really look up to her and want to follow her in her journey with God and Christ. As a 10-year-old feline, 56 in human years, at this mid-point...
Novice Emma “Puss” – Memphis, Tennessee
I would like to join the Feline Cloister because my friend Emily is a member. Like Emily, I attend evening prayer and love the chanting. It’s so calming and makes me feel close to God. On our Zoom call Br. Ricky, the Novice Master, asked me what kind of feline I...
Novice Shadow – Torrance, California
I would like to join the Feline Cloister because I have the cloistered life down pat but would like to learn more about living in community with humans from others who are experts. I am not used to humans at all; I lived in a shelter for 8 years, my only companions...
Novice Angelo – Castelmola, Sicily
Hello from Castelmola, Sicily! I am what humans here disparagingly call, gatto randagio, a stray cat, who lives in a community of gatti randagi. I became a novice because I wanted to center my life in God. I also want to be an agent of change and transformation in...
Novice Xochi – San Antonio, Texas USA
I’m a 1 ½ year-old female cat. I would like to join the Feline Cloister because: I am already a bit of a Benedictine, though I need to review the ladder of humility. I have practiced being with my human Mary during her prayers. On our Zoom call Novice Master Br....