horarium (n. )

-1. Latin for “The hours”. 2. Name given to the daily schedule of those living in a religious community. 3. Its use is almost exclusive to the Roman Catholic Church.

Weekday Schedule
5:30 a.m. Rise
6:25 a.m. Lectio Divina in Chapel
7:00 a.m. Communal Rosary
7:20 a.m. Matins and Lauds
8:00 a.m. Holy Mass, followed by Thanksgiving after Mass
8:55 a.m. Terce
9:15 a.m. Breakfast
9:30 a.m. Work Time
10:40 a.m. Formation Lesson (Monday, Thursday)
11:45 a.m. Sext and Divine Mercy Chaplet
12:00 p.m. Lunch, followed by dish duty
12:30 p.m. Free Time
2:00 p.m. Work Time
4:25 p.m. None
4:30 p.m. Spiritual Reading
5:00 p.m. Divine Office (Evening Prayer, followed by Night Prayer)
5:30 p.m. Supper, followed by dish duty
7:05 p.m. Novitiate Prayer
7:15 p.m. Recreation
8:00 p.m. Grand Silence
10:00 p.m. Lights Out

Everyone has one scheduled hour of Eucharistic Adoration each day and one scheduled hour of Night Adoration each week.

Free time affords the Nuns further opportunity for additional time for Eucharistic Adoration, prayer, reading, exercise, rest, hobbies, etc.

Rev. Mother assigns work and cleaning charges. Monastic work include cleaning, cooking, sacristy work, data entry, monastery upkeep, gardening, etc.  Looking upon the cloister as a ‘city enclosed’, each Nun is assigned various tasks in order to keep this ‘city’ working in an orderly manner.

Working silence is observed throughout the day until supper.  Evening recreation activities include educational dvds and podcasts, games, crafts, communal time, and movies.  Grand silence is observed from 8 p.m. until after Mass.

The consistency of the daily schedule (horarium) provides us with a healthy balance between prayer, work, rest, learning, and recreation. By following the discipline of the schedule, we know what we need to be doing at any given moment.