This may be the wrong place for this topic. I placed it here because of the talk about the prerequisites for entering a monastery.
I've tried to go to a monastery for the past several years, but there are two problems. 1) I lack a lot of free time (though that's mainly my fault for being a workaholic) and 2) there are none really close. All of the Orthodox jurisdictions in this country (OCA, GOA, ROCOR, Serbian, ACROD, etc) all have monasteries here. I would not mind at all going to a monastery under one of these jurisdictions, btw. Why are the Antiochians not represented? I know there are many Antiochians who desire to take retreats at monasteries. My bishop, His Grace, +BASIL regularly goes to Mt. Athos and often speaks and defends the spiritual worth of monasteries. So why do we have none, especially here in the mid-west (I live in Nebraska)? A skete or small monastery would not only benefit the Orthodox here (we have a lot of Antiochian Orthodox in this part of the country, mainly around Wichita, Kearney, NE and Sioux City, IA) but would be a good beacon to let others know we are here. Could this be done?