CHAPTER 56 - The Prioress' / Abbot's Table

The prioress' / Abbot's table must always be with guest and travelers. RB 56:1

In this chapter the leader of the community is clearly charged with being the primary agent of hospitality to guests and travelers. They are to be warmly welcomed by the leader who sets the example of hospitality and welcome for all to experience. To do this well the leader will be stretched to be available, attentive and present whenever a guest or traveler arrives. All three of these attributes are values that Benedict expects of all who follow his way of life.