Sisters Pam and Rita with participants in the June 2016 MEW

Mother Victoria Murray, Vocation Director & Prioress at Santa Rita Abbey

Mother Victoria, Vocation Director and Prioress

Thinking about becoming a Sister?

Come take a closer look at Trappist Cistercian monastic life at one of our Monastic Experience Weekends!

2018 Dates:

To be announced soon!

Stay in our retreat house with other women considering a call, participate in the Divine Office (a.k.a. Liturgy of the Hours) and the Eucharist, enjoy conferences by Sisters with time for questions, experience monastic work, with free time for personal prayer and reflection, and the opportunity to talk one on one with one of our Sisters.

These weekends are open to single, Catholic women, without dependents, ages 21 – 40, who are considering a vocation to contemplative religious life (consecrated life) as lived in a Cistercian monastery in the Roman Catholic Church.

Sisters at the Divine Office

Sisters chanting the Divine Office

Santa Rita Abbey Monastic Experience Weekend September 2016

Participants in the September 2016 MEW

To apply, use the vocation contact form (see button below right), Connect With Us > or email the vocation director at or call 520-455-5595 during business hours.

If you can’t make it to a scheduled weekend, ask the vocation director about making an individual visit.

Monastic Experience Brochure




(Photos on top left and lower right by Guy Atchley, top right and lower left by Santa Rita Abbey)