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« on: October 26, 2014, 12:00:30 AM »

I am 15 years old, and I want to stay at a monastery for a short time to see what the monastic life is like (3 days), I already spoke with Bishop Seraphim of Sydney, he told me to call them up and visit them for a day and see what happens from there, but how would I let them know that I want to stay for a bit longer?
Btw the monastery I wish to visit is the Pantanassa monastery, Sydney.
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« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2014, 12:05:12 AM »

You want to stay for 3 days, but your bishop recommended you commit for only a day. It sounds like you should let them know that you're definitely staying for a day, but might want to stay an additional two. They can probably accommodate that.
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« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2014, 12:16:37 AM »

Inquire with the guest master/coordinator and see if the abbot will give you a blessing to stay for a few days.
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« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2014, 12:36:48 AM »

You want to stay for 3 days, but your bishop recommended you commit for only a day. It sounds like you should let them know that you're definitely staying for a day, but might want to stay an additional two. They can probably accommodate that.
At the time I just told my Bishop that I want to visit the monastery, he told me to contact them. But I am not sure if he knows that I want to stay there for the day. :/
Our Cantor from Church makes frequent visits there.

Inquire with the guest master/coordinator and see if the abbot will give you a blessing to stay for a few days.
Would they take me seriously as I am only fifteen? :l
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« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2014, 06:01:47 AM »

i had a very serious chat with a 16 year old yesterday about theology so i don't see why not.
he is dreaming of studying in an orthodox theological school as he loves theology.

i loved to discuss the Bible at your age, so there is no need to worry.
but, because you are young, be sure to listen more than you teach!
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(i need to learn this too and talk less!)
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« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2014, 07:00:16 AM »

If your bishop suggests going for a day, why not follow what he says this time? And then come back and talk it over with him. If God is calling you to the monastic life, then He will keep the desire alive in your heart, and will guide your path.

Have you discussed this with your parents as well? That is important, as you are only 15.

I think it is great that you have such a strong desire to serve God, at such a young age. By listening to, and following, those whom God has placed in your life to guide you, this desire can lead to a fruitful life in God's service.
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