Introductory questionnaire

The introductory questionnaire is the beginning of a process to discover if you may have a monastic vocation. Before you begin, here are some things to consider:

  • This process will take a substantial amount of time.
  • You don’t have to be a member of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa (ACSA) to start this process. However, to be admitted to the Order you will need to be a member of the ACSA, or of another denomination that is in communion with the ACSA.
  • While you don’t have to be a South African to start the process, you will need to have appropriate resident status in South Africa in order to be admitted to the Priory.
Some basic requirements
  • You should be between 25 and 45 of age
  • You should be male, single and have no dependent children
  • You should be free of debt (except educational debt).

The Questionnaire

NOTE: Almost all of the questions require an answer. Just type n/a if not applicable.



What Church are you active in? Give name, denomination, and location. If you are not currently active in any Church, please tell us the last Church in which you were active.


Starting with the most recent, please tell us up to three places of education you have attended. Name the outcome (degree/certificate/still attending, etc.) Please include the name of the institution and its location. For University, please include major field of study. If you have Seminary or Theological Training, please include this information even if it is not one of the three most recent. Examples below:

1) Nelson Mandela University, Port Elizabeth, Higher Certificate in Law Enforcement, still attending
2) University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch, BEd (Foundation phase teaching)
3) Curro High School, Hermanus, Grade 12

Work Experience

Please tell us the three most recent places you have worked. Include the name of the Organization/Company, and the type of work you did. Was it full time, part time, or volunteer? Give the date when this work started and ended. If you left this work, please state the reason.

Additional Experience

Please tell us two life experiences which have helped shape you as a person. Give us (a) the context of the experience, (b) the date of the experience; and (c) what you gained from the experience.

Additional Questions (A-E)

A. Have you applied to, been accepted by, or been a member of a religious community? Choose one(required)

(B) OBLIGATIONS. Which legal, monetary or other obligations do you currently have? You may select more than one (required)

(C) MEDICAL. Do you need special medical care , or have any of the following conditions? You may select more than one(required)

(D) MENTAL HEALTH. Are you currently or have you ever been under specialised care (required)

One more request: We need a picture of you to put a face with your name. This should be emailed to

Introductory questionnaire for St Benedict's Priory

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