About 10% of the IVE worldwide are contemplatives. We currently have seven monasteries in the world--in Argentina, Spain (two), Italy, Jordan, Tunisia, and Israel. We are hoping (and praying hard) that we'll be able to found a monastery here in the United States in the very near future. Usually guys enter the monastery after their philosophy studies are completed, and continue their studies while living in the monastery. The situation is a bit more complicated here in the U.S., since we don't have a monastery yet, but that will change soon!
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