Fulda (dpa/lhe) - In order to get to know life in monasteries for a longer period of time, religious communities and monasteries throughout Germany offer the opportunity to complete a "voluntary religious year". Since the launch in the summer of 2019, 51 participants have taken part in the project initiated by the German Religious Superiors Conference (DOK), said Maria Stadler, coordinator of the "Volunteer Religious Year".
The Hessian Franciscan monastery Frauenberg in Fulda is currently hosting a participant for the second time. "Religious life is gradually becoming exotic. I see the overall project as an opportunity for monasteries and religious to open up and interested people to get to know life," said Father Cornelius Bohl, who heads the monastery in Fulda as "Guardian" and is also the contact person for the religious year graduates acts.