Located south of Phoenix near Florence, AZ is a wonderful place to visit. They have strict rules if you want to visit. Men must wear long sleeve shirts, long pants and shoes with socks. The women have to wear skirts and long sleeve blouses with scarfs over their hair. No pictures of the monks are allowed but photos of other parts of the Monastery are allowed.
“The monastery follows the coenobitic rule of monastic life: a brotherhood of monks and novices holding all things in common follow a daily schedule of prayer and work under obedience to the abbot, their spiritual father. The monks’ daily program begins at midnight with personal prayer time and spiritual reading, followed by the cycle of morning prayers and the Divine Liturgy. After a light breakfast and a rest period, the monks begin their work day, attending to prayer and their tasks till evening. Tasks include, among others, construction, groundskeeping, vinedressing, gardening, woodworking, publishing, food preparation, and offering hospitality. The day ends with evening Vespers followed by dinner and Compline.”