When they live by the labor of their hands, as our fathers and the apostles did,
then they are really monks.
Rule of St. Benedict 48:8
Monks have to work for their own living. Work also has a spiritual significance for the monks. St. Benedict says: Work prevents us from becoming idle and lazy; it binds our thoughts and hands and helps us to stay centered on prayer and love.
In the daily life of a community many things are to be accomplished. Besides the daily duties in chapel, house and kitchen, we Missionary Benedictines in Schuyler have dedicated ourselves to three ministries: We provide hospitality at St. Benedict Center, we raise funds and awareness for our worldwide Benedictine network, especially for the poor and underprivileged in Africa, and we help the local Hispanic population with their immigration difficulties. These missions are our modest contribution to the great work of Christ the King establishing the Kingdom of God.