The community living under an Abbot and a Rule is the essence of monastic life, lived in a Benedictine Monastery. Its rhythm of prayer, silence and work gave rise to the known ‘Pax Benedictina’ and to the motto “Ora et Labora”. 


The Community of Navajeevan


Fr. James Mylackal (Conventual Prior) Fr. Joseph Kulathinal
Fr. Thomas Kodakassery Fr. Dunstan Kurumbel
Fr. Mathew Molath Fr. Thomas A. Ezhanikatt
Fr. Joseph M. Parambukattil Fr. Jose Parathottam
Fr. Brian H. Peris Bhatt Fr. Showraiah Guvvala
Bro. Robert Nayak Bro. Faustin Baliar Singh
Bro. Chinnappa Sagili Bro. Jayaraj Nagipogu
Bro. Amit Kumar Nayak Bro. Anarkala Bharskar Rao
Bro. Nagipogu Jayachandra Postulants


The Community at Prayer


The Sylvestrine community is a family, the abbot being a true father to the monks, according to the Rule of St.Benedict. Painstaking efforts and constant vigilance are taken to maintain the fraternal spirit among the La Lectio Divnabrethren. What nourishes best this communion in the monk, is his own communion with the triune God in common liturgical prayer and Eucharist and lectio divina. Prayer life is nourished above all by the ‘lectio divina’ - a prayerful reading. The monk who pursues it faithfully will become more and more a “man of God”, humble and wise and a channel of salvation for brothers and for the entire people of God. (Constitutions 30). Every Christian, but especially a monk, always wants to hear the world of God to make it his own, to guard it and to obey it as a response to God in private and communal prayer. Union with God depends on constant and fruitful listening to the word of God. Lectio divina is seeking God in the written word. The object of the reading is first of all sacred Scripture, then the Fathers, tradition, the examples and the teaching of the saints and finally reflection on the Church’s theology. (Declaration 68-70)

A young monk at work


They are truly monks when they earn their living Manual work by the work of their hands (RB). The monks of Navajeevan do engage in manual labour at least two hours a day unless occupied otherwise with school or parish activities. Students and young monks in formation engage in gardening, cleaning and scrubbing works of the monastery. 





05.45 Rising
06.15 Office of Readings, Lectio Divina
07.00 Morning Prayer, Community Mass
08.00 Breakfast, Morning Job
09.00 Classes, Activities
12.45 Midday Prayer, Lunch, Recreation
14.00 Rest, Class, Study
15.45 Tea, Work, Games
18.00 Study
19.45 Rosari, Eve. Prayer, Supper, Recreation
21.15 Night Prayer, Lectio Divina, Study
22.30 Rest