What is PACEM?

PACEM is an acronym for People Associated with the Community of Emmanuel Monastery. It is derived from the Latin word for "peace." Benedictines throughout history have been committed to works of justice and peace, a commitment which reaches today into a culture of fear and hostility. PACEM, provides the opportunity for persons who share the values of Benedictine spirituality to join with the monastic community in bringing those values into our world.

Who are PACEM members?

PACEM members are women and men of various backgrounds, faith traditions and lifestyles who have experienced a call to deepen their spirituality according to the spirit and vision of St. Benedict. They cultivate mutually enriching relationships with the Benedictine Sisters of Emmanuel Monastery and those associated with the community.

What are the benefits of being a PACEM  member?

  • Mutuality in sharing faith.
  • Deepening of one's prayer.
  • Commitment to monastic values in daily life.
  • Support and challenge in spiritual growth.
  • Opportunity to share gifts and talents.

What are the expectations of being a PACEM member?

  • Exploration of Benedictine Spirituality through reading, prayer, study
  • Ongoing contact with mentor.
  • Participation in an annual retreat day.
  • Deepen relationships with the community through activities at the monastery

How do I become a PACEM member?

  • Make a formal request to PACEM coordinator.
  • Participate in mentoring program during initial period.
  • Discern a commitment in dialogue with one's mentor
  • Formalize a commitment in a liturgical rite.

Join with us in challenging culture to live the values of the Gospel today. PACEM offers one way to respond.

For more information contact:

PACEM Coordinator
2229 W. Joppa Road
Lutherville, MD  21093