Most people have never heard of a Lutheran Monastery. Many think that there cannot be any such thing. I beg to differ. I am a supporter of just such a monastery and have written a book about its history and its reason for being. This pamphlet is an abbreviated, updated version of that book, called “My Brothers’ Place,” published in 1992. Both book and pamphlet are written from the point of view of a friend, neither a monk nor a stranger. My comments about this effort at monasticism are based on more than fifty years of affiliation with the community.
Monasteries always have been surrounded by circles of friends. With varying degrees of commitment, participation, and support, these people extend the influence of the monastic community. The relationship between friends and monasteries is very important both to the monastic communities and to the individual friends. Monasteries cannot exist without such friends; you are invited to become one.