Meet the Worldwide Novices

Sr. Maggie, OSB-F
Cloister Contemplative

 

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.

About Benedictine Novices

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.

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.

Why Become a Worldwide Novice?

As a Worldwide Noivce you will

Receive special attention and instruction from Novice Master, Br. Ricky, OSB-F.

Learn from Monday Mewsings, a monthly newletter.  Here Amma, Br. Ricky and other felines of the Cloister present instruction on The Rule of St. Benedict to the Worldwide Novices and their humans.

For a sample of Monday Mewsings, please jump here.

Be a member of a special community of felines dedicated to following Jesus and his teachings through the wisdom of St. Benedict.

Access the Worldwide Novice Corner for Novice Instruction and Novice Activites both rooted in The Rule of St. Benedict.  This special section is for Worldwide Novices and their humans only.

“I am learning so much about the Rule from Br. Ricky.  And about the other novices, too.  It is rewarding and fun.”
Worldwide Novice
Mr. Pippn Marmalade, Frederisckburg, VA

Are You Eager To Become A Worldwide Novice?

To reach the 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.

Phillipa Catherine – Union, Kentucky

Phillipa Catherine – Union, Kentucky

Hello!  My name is Phillipa Catherine.  I am an eight-year-old feline.  On our Zoom call I explained to Novice Master Br. Ricky that I wanted to join the Feline Cloister because my human is, surprisingly, a lot like me and she needs some help!  Br. Ricky gave me an...

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Miss Sassafras – Upland, California

Miss Sassafras – Upland, California

Hello!  My name is Miss Sassafras.  One day when the vet was way behind seeing patients, I read an article about the Feline Cloister in the publication, “The American Feline – Mews for Cats.”  Curious, I emailed the Cloister for more information.  The reply came...

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Poppy – East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

Poppy – East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

Hello there.  I am Poppy, a ten-year-old female.  On our Zoom call, I told Br. Ricky, our Novice Master, why I would like to join the Feline Cloister.  I've heard about T.S. Eliot's "Christ the Tiger" and I would like to follow him.  Br. Ricky looked a bit confused...

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China – East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

China – East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

Hello from East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.  My name is China.  I am an 11-year-old female.  I would like to join the Feline Cloister because I hear that God gives the best treats. When I shared that with Novice Master Br. Ricky on our Zoom call his eyes opened wide. ...

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Mao – Carmel, Indiana

Mao – Carmel, Indiana

Hello, there.  My name is Mao.  I am an 11-year-old male feline, at least I think that’s how old I am.  I want to join the Feline Cloister because Aunt Jane (Amma) wants me to.  I had been thinking about the idea, too, but had some reservations about whether or not I...

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Lilibet – Torrance, California

Lilibet – Torrance, California

Hi!  My name is Lilibet.  I would like to join the Feline Cloister because I need some self-discipline and I would like to learn to meditate better. On our Zoom call I told Novice Master Br. Ricky about my delight in running, pouncing and keeping in motion.  With a...

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Pearl – Memphis, Tennessee

Pearl – Memphis, Tennessee

Hello, there.  My name is Black Pearl.  My human and all my friends call me Pearl, so you may, too.  I am 13 years and one month old and am Diamond’s sister.  She's also a new Worldwide Novice.  You can read about her here. I am so excited about becoming a part of the...

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Diamond – Memphis, Tennessee

Diamond – Memphis, Tennessee

Welcome!  I’m glad you’re here.  I am 13 years old, plus one month.  That is 68 in human years.  I am Pearl’s sister.  She is also a new Worldwide Novice.  You can read about Pearl here. I would like to join the Feline Cloister because I want to live a quiet, peaceful...

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Novice Benjamin – Las Vegas, Nevada

Novice Benjamin – Las Vegas, Nevada

My given name is Benjamin, but my humans affectionately call me Bennie. I am 1 ½ years old.  I would like to join the Feline Cloister because I offer a different perspective as a one-eyed feline. In our Zoom interview Novice Master Br. Ricky asked me to share what...

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