To see this documentary (in French only) :
Abbaye Sainte Marie de Maumont
50 women living together : what a challenge !
The monastic community is not a nice club of like-minded people, not a spiritual support group and not a refuge, where safety is reinforced by conformity.
Our unity comes from God, through our daily life and work: We pray together, in the monastic Office and the Eucharist.
We work together, earning our living and serving one another in community (kitchen, infirmary, etc.)
We welcome guests, including women exploring a call to share our life. We try to help others, both near and far, through prayer; hospitality; sharing donations of clothing, medicine and money with the needy and with Church missions, as well as offering our lives for the benefit of humanity.