“…everytime you begin a good work, pray to God earnestly to bring it to perfection.”
Prologue, Rule of St. Benedict
The Benedictine Appalachian Volunteer Program is for women and men who are interested in experiencing volunteering in the Appalachian area of Southeastern Kentucky and living in a monastic community. The volunteer participates in community prayer, work, meals and recreation at the monastery with the opportunity to work with local service organizations.
We are located in the Appalachian mountains of Eastern Kentucky off of Highway 80, between Prestonsburg and Martin, in Floyd County. Volunteer service opportunities include Floyd, Magoffin and Johnson Counties.
The program is for two weeks to three months of service, with the possibility of a longer stay after a mutual evaluation. You must be 21 years or older with no dependents or pets. The volunteer is responsible for transportation to and from Kentucky. While a stipend is not provided, we do provide room and board, an opportunity to experience Benedictine Spirituality and Community and a chance to integrate faith and service.
The deadline for applications is three months before you wish to begin.
Some suggested volunteer opportunities are:
- Assisting the sisters in their ministries in the community, churches or other outreach
- Technical assistance with computer, web and library skills
- Assisting the monastery maintenance team
- Gardening and lawn care at the monastery