Farming

Farming has always been a great Benedictine traditional occupation for monks to keep and this is no exception for the monks of St Benedict monastery Ewu. All the more so that farming is an integral pa...
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Retreat House

Monks And Hospitality In keeping with the Benedictine spirit of hospitality as enshrined in the words of St Benedict himself, "Guests to the monastery should be received as Christ", The monks of ...
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Paxherbals

The Pax Herbal Centre Clinic and Research Laboratories otherwise known as Paxherbals® is an initiative of the monks of St Benedict monastery originally embarked upon with the primary intention of ...
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Bakery

Monks wheat bread is specially formulated to meet the eat-to-stay-well need of many people who find conventional flour bread detrimental to health or those who would want a very good alternative to ...
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Gift Shop

The monastery maintains a gift shop for all visitors to the monastery who may wish to buy sacramentals and other holy objects as well as sacred literatures. The gift shop also keeps stock of items l...
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Poultry

The Initiative Due to the high cost and manpower required to keep and maintain a poultry in a place like St Benedict monastery Ewu, both of which the monastery do not have much of,  the monks have ...
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Monastic Occupation
A monk in prayerful meditation

It is the tradition of the monks to work and pray. To this end, besides daily prayers, the monks also engage their day with the work of sustaining the monastery through daily labour or diverse kind and meeting some of the needs of the needy that come to the monastery.

The monastic engagement in economic activities is not primarily for profit making or wealth acquisition but primarily for sustenanceof the monastery and service of the needy as far as possible. This paradigm is reflected in the Rule of St Benedict chapter 57:

Of the Artists of the MonasteryIf there be skilled workmen in the monastery, let them work at their art in all humility, if the Abbot giveth his permission. But if anyone of them should grow proud by reason of his art, in that he seemeth to confer a benefit on the monastery, let him be removed from that work and not return to it, unless after he hath humbled himself, the Abbot again ordereth him to do so.

But if any of the work of the artists is to be sold, let them, through whose hands the transaction must pass, see to it, that they do not presume to practice any fraud on the monastery.

Let them always be mindful of Ananias and Saphira, lest, perhaps, the death which these suffered in the body (cf Acts 5:1-11), they and all who practice any fraud in things belonging to the monastery suffer in the soul. On the other hand, as regards the prices of these things, let not the vice of avarice creep in, but let it always be given a little cheaper than it can be given by seculars, That God May Be Glorified in All Things (1 Pt 4:11).

The above consist of the core major source of income for the monks. Due to the enormous cost of running a monastery right from admitting an individual into the monastery going through years of formation required by the Canon Law (Chruch Law), the monks welcome donations for support from inviduals and groups in order to meet its material and other obligations.

 

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Monastery Chapel
Off Benin-Auchi Expressway
Ewu-Esan, Edo State
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