I am now a general surgeon serving as the medical director of trauma at MidMichigan Medical Center in Midland Michigan...I am happily married with five children, two of whom are off to college...I often tell my colleagues and friends that my year at the Abbey of Regina Laudis was the best year of my life. It was an invaluable time of growth spiritually, physically, intellectually, and emotionally. Being able to work within the aura of monastic life transformed me.
Letter from Thomas Veverka, MD, January 2013
Graduate of the Land Program, Monastic Internship 1983
The Monastic Internship Program at the Abbey of Regina Laudis offers a small number of committed individuals between the ages of 18 and 40 the opportunity to immerse themselves for a year in the ancient Benedictine rhythms of prayer and manual work. Our “campus” is the land of the monastery, the place where one directly encounters the laws of nature in the soil, plants, and animals that both sustain and are sustained by the monastic Community. Through exposure to a life of prayer attuned to the world of creation and an intensive relationship with the Community, an Intern has the rare opportunity to embark on a gradual process of spiritual growth and personal transformation.
Throughout the year, Interns develop a specialty in a particular area as well as explore connections between their varied activities. Thus, an Intern might learn to make a leather belt from the hide of a cow he or she has raised, develop the spiritual analogies of the food fermentation process, create a sculpture from scrap metal at the blacksmith’s forge or write and perform a song about finding stillness in yoga class. The diverse practical and personal skills learned during the Internship lay the foundation for a transformative experience that resonates throughout one’s life, no matter what professional path one eventually pursues.
If you would like to inquire further into the Monastic Internship
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