The spiritual practice of hospitality is at the core of all monastic traditions. Monasteries and convents offer a place for spiritual renewal, an oasis in the midst of a world of schedules, busyness, and pressure. In this third edition, Robert J. Regalbuto covers monastic guest houses representing a range of Christian denominations in every state as well as all the Canadian provinces. He includes important information on accommodations, meals, charges, directions, history, descriptions (plus illustrations), and points of interest.

As Regalbuto makes clear in the introduction, lodging at a monastic guest house usually means much more than a cheap place to stay. Monks and nuns are available for spiritual direction and visitors can participate in mealtime rituals and worship services.