Hello, my name is Sam, and my confirmation name is Augustine. I converted to Catholicism in 2002, but I also have some Orthodox views.
I have been thinking seriously about the possibility of joining a monastery. I am not certain which order I would fit best in. Vows of celibacy or silence or of poverty do not bother me much at all. I was celibate by choice for 7 years, and I do not regret that. I am also hearing impaired, so silence is not something I would be concerned about either. I am interested in reading experiences from people who have actually joined monasteries. The idea of a simple and contemplative life appeals to me, as does daily prayers and the daily Eucharist. I do not really feel like I fit in very well in the mainstream world, and the more I read monastic literature, the more the idea of living in a community devoted wholly to God appeals to me.
I would welcome any advice or input that anyone has to offer.