Benedictine Volunteers


Come Join Us!

Goal of Program:

The Benedictine Volunteer Program offers young Catholic men an opportunity to share the spiritual vision of the Benedictine Monks of Newark Abbey, to reflect more deeply about Gospel values and the Christian meaning of life, and at the same time incarnate those values in works of Christian justice and charity in the center of New Jersey's largest city.

Type of Placement:

Teaching, tutoring, coaching sports and activities, and other work in St. Benedict's Prep School.

Length of Service:

Length and dates of service can be individually arranged, but usually the volunteer makes a commitment to the community for either of two periods: (a) Summer: during our prep school's summer session (six weeks from the end of July to the end of August), or (b) School year: from the end of July to the beginning of June, or longer.


The program is open to Catholic men between the ages of 20 and 30, without dependents, who are serious about their personal search for God. A brief site visit and interview is required as part of the application process.

Financial Arrangements:

Room and board are provided free of charge. The volunteer receives a personal stipend of $350 per month. Health insurance is provided to volunteers for the duration of their stay. Full-time faculty members at St. Benedict's Prep have qualified for partial cancellation or deferment of certain types of student loans.

Living Arrangements:

Volunteers live together on the Abbey grounds, either in Turrell House (guest apartments) or in Leahy House (student dormitory). Each volunteer has an individual room, with a shared bathroom and living space. Volunteers are encouraged to join the monks for meals in the monastery refectory.

Size of Program:

1-4 Volunteers at a time.


Orientation sessions introduce volunteers to the spirituality and the ideals of the monks of Newark Abbey. Regular presentations and reflections cover such topics as prayer, the Rule of Benedict, and monastic spirituality for lay persons. Individual spiritual direction is also available. Job orientation is provided as needed.

For further information please contact:

Mr. John Rowe
Newark Benedictine Volunteer Program
528 Dr. M. L. King Blvd. Newark NJ 07102-1314
Phone: (973) 792-5787 or email:

Application Deadline

Deadlines are flexible, but usually are as follows. for the Summer period: April 15; for the September to June period: June 15.

The the Newark Benedictine Volunteers Program is a member of the Catholic Volunteer Network.