Running a monastery, an apostolate and preparing aspirants for the novitiate is a big job for the brothers at the mission. Each morning they attend Mass at the local parish church, followed by prayer time and then breakfast. Rostered jobs are then given to each brother for them to complete during the course of the morning.

In addition to this, an important task for the professed brothers is to teach the aspirants, and for most of the brothers to provide ongoing care to the disabled residents in their apostolate (we will visit the residents in a future post).

But for now, check out the brothers keeping busy and for the next post we will take a look at the brothers during their afternoon program, which also includes outreaching to poor families and their children. In yet another post we will take a closer look at the farm animals at the monastery and see how the brothers tend them.

See you next time for an afternoon with the brothers!

1. Morning over Labuan Bajo
Morning over Labuan Bajo
2. MOP daily schedule
MOP daily schedule
3. Daily parish Mass
Very early at the local parish Mass
4. Returning from Mass
Returning from Mass
5. Then morning prayer and the Office of Daily Readings
Morning prayers – The Divine Office
6. Breakfast with the aspirants
Breakfast with the aspirants
7. Brother Marc at breakfast
Brother Marc at breakfast
8. Daily job roster for each brother
Assigning specific tasks to each brother for the day
9. Garden work with Brother Simon
Garden work with Brother Simon
10. Sowing vegetables seeds
Sowing vegetable seeds
11. A new wheel barrow
A new wheel barrow
12. The gardening team
The gardening team
13. Daily clothes washing
Daily clothes washing
14. Collecting coconuts
Collecting coconuts
15. Just about to open them up ...
Just about to open them up ….
16. ... for fresh coconut water straight from the nut
… for fresh coconut water
17. Sweeping
Sweeping, sweeping
18. Mopping
Mopping, mopping
19. Handy man jobs
Brick laying duties
20. Some house duties in the apostolate for the disabled children
House duties in the apostolate for the disabled children
21. More mopping at the apostolate
More mopping at the apostolate
22. Little boy Gusti needs constant attention
Little boy Gusti needs constant attention
23. Then we go shopping ...
Then some shopping …..
24. ... and we return
…and return
25. Most have stayed back and studied...
Some have stayed back and studied …
26. ...or helped cook ...
… and some have helped to prepare …
27. ... lunch
… lunch!
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