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Hello and welcome to Every Home a Monastery

I’m Jessica Archuleta. I’d like to invite you to journey with me as I share a bit of my life including the struggles, joys, and lessons learned relating to spirituality and prayer, and marriage and family life within the domestic church. I write about Christian community, liturgical life and monasticism amongst other things. My writing comes from my experience as an extended community member of a Byzantine Catholic monastery for over 20+ years.

Stay with me because I’m betting Every Home a Monastery doesn’t mean exactly what you first think it does.

My husband and I have had numerous people ask us how monastic spirituality and practices can be incorporated in a home with a family or as an individual. Because many people who take their faith seriously seek out monastic life in some form, it is normal for questions to arise. I do not pretend to have all of the answers but I am willing to share what I have learned or am in the process of learning. This blog is my contribution to the conversation.

A little bit about me…

My family has had a unique experience of having a monastery as our place of worship for many years. I know we are not the only ones who have had this experience but from the many people who seek us out to ask us questions, I know our experience is something that interests people. I know people are looking for ways to deepen their relationship with God and one another. I know all the questions I had and my husband had when we first discovered Eastern Monasticism. My purpose in sharing our experience is only to be of help in anyway possible.

Back to the question at hand. What do I mean by Every Home a Monastery? Find answers here.

Thanks for stopping by!