As a monastic community, we live with the
conviction that an authentic and vibrant
monasticism is an essential ingredient to healthy
Church life. By nature, the monastic vocation is
contemplative and apostolic, challenging both the
Church and the world at large to fuller life;
therefore, we see our primary responsibility as
being authentic monastics. However, we believe this
cannot be done by simplistically reproducing
previous expressions of monastic life. Monasticism
has always incarnated itself within a particular
cultural context, so throughout our history we have
worked to express the mystery and dynamism of
our vocation in a manner appropriate to our culture
and times.

Working toward this end, our daily schedule reflects
an integrated blend of liturgical and personal prayer,
work, study, and prudent openness to the world.
Anchored in a daily cycle of matins and vespers
(with Divine Liturgy on Sundays and feast days), we
try to make ourselves available to all who come to
the monastery, in a manner that is in keeping with
our vocation. Many people visit the monastery each
year, either to make retreats, attend services, or
visit the gift shop and grounds, or as dog
customers. We have a small guesthouse available
for retreatants. Those interested in retreats may
contact the guestmaster.
Monks of New Skete
Copyright 2018 © Barry M. Baker
For over 35 years, New Skete's German Shepherd
breeding program has dedicated itself to providing
the best possible companion dog for you and your
family. The excellence in temperament, personality
and structure for which our German Shepherds are
known is the result of carefully researched and
selected bloodlines and the all-important early
handling we give our puppies from the day they are
born until they leave us between 8 and 10 weeks of
age. All of our German Shepherds live right in our
monastery, with each monk responsible for the
training and care of a female or male dog. Our
books and videos
(The Art of Raising a Puppy,
How To Be Your Dog's Best Friend and I &
Dog, )
provide detailed information that describe
and illustrate our distinctive approach.