Secular Name: Sacha Vowed Name: Sister Thomas Age: 28 Gender: Trans man Pronouns: He/It Sexuality: Biromantic Asexual Height: 5'10" (179cm) Sacha was raised in a traditionally Catholic home. He never stood out much in his younger years, often choosing to simply keep his head down and his mouth shut so that he could avoid the strict punishment that was sure to be doled out for stepping a mere inch out of the perceived line. Around his final year of high school, Sacha ended up coming out as transgender to his family and community. His family wasn't actively supportive but at the very least agreed to use his chosen name, pronouns, and not interfere with his medical transition. His grades were good, not spectacular, but enough to get him into a relatively nice college a few states away from the parents and community he ended up feeling so suffocated by as he rapidly approached adulthood and completed his general education courses at the local community college. Just before moving for school, Sacha got and recovered from his top surgery at home with his parents. Entering college was like entering a whole new world for Sacha. He no longer had anyone constantly looking over his shoulder, dictating how he could and could not behave, so he let loose. He fell into harmful habits and addictions he'd told himself as a child he would never get into. He started drinking heavily and regularly, chasing the alcohol with empty, pointless sex with people he felt no draw to. He followed failed relationship after failed relationship with benders on a grand scale, dragging his two best friends at the time [Lewis and Pippa] along for every step of the ride. They were inseparable and those around them often said they would come into rooms like a Tasmanian devil, causing mayhem and having the time of their lives, before leaving everyone in a cloud of dust wondering what had just happened. At 26, toward the latter years of the trio's college education, Sacha went through a breakup that left him shattered. His grades tanked, he stopped showing up to classes, and he started isolating himself from everyone until Lewis and Pippa stepped in. They managed to pull Sacha out of his funk but he did a 180 and delved straight into a two week long deluge of alcohol and partying to numb any feeling that drifted through his mind. It probably would've gone on longer if it hadn't been for Sacha's decision to get in the taxi home on the last night. The crash and events leading up to it were largely all a convoluted jumble of brief glimpses of lucidity and the alcoholic haze of color that clouded the moments between. The one thing Sacha did remember clearly was waking up in the unfamiliar bad of the hospital only to receive the news that he was the sole survivor and that he had been in critical condition for several days. His road to recovery had been rough and lonely. He ended up turning to the only people he still had and the only community he felt at home in: his family and church. Sacha eventually moved out of the hospital and back in with his parents before starting to attend church services again. Shortly after returning to services, his pastor took him aside and told him about Two Harvests on the Mount. He explained that they were accepting of those with "rough" pasts such as his, and that maybe a deeper relationship with Christ would help Sacha heal. Sacha decided to look into it, reaching out to the abbot of the monastery to request information on the steps to becoming a nun, and after some correspondence made the jump to moving into the monastery to begin his monastic life.
Here at Two Harvests on the Mount Monastery, we strive to start doing here on Earth what we will do for all eternity: praise, adore, and offer thanksgiving to our God. Ours is a double monastery community of cloistered nuns and monks who spend their time in solemn worship and adoration of Our Lord Jesus Christ. We follow the Rule of St. Clare here, meaning that each of our professed members have taken vows of poverty, chastity, obediance, and enclosure. The abbot of this monastery is named Father Able and he has been with us for 7 years now. Today, he will be performing the novitiate ceremony to welcome our new brothers and sisters to the monastery as they continue their spiritual journey. Here they will be given a new name and a mentor to help teach them not only the ways and beliefs of the monastery, but to also help guide them on their spiritual path with God. We hope you'll enjoy your visit to our little virtual monastery. You won't find the music player here as we go about our daily life serving Our Lord Jesus Christ in solemn silence. We also do our best to maintain the space better than the rest of the site seems to be. Below you can find a brief description of some of the key members of Two Harvests and further below that, you can find photos of the monastery, life here, and grounds. [Please note that this is an AU where I have changed some things about commonly held Catholic beliefs [Mostly relating to anti-LGBT because I am gay and ordained]. If this makes you uncomfortable, this probably isn't a project you'll want to pay attention to.]
Secular Name: Kuro Vowed Name: Father Able Age: 35 Gender: Cis man Pronouns: He/Him Sexuality: Bisexual Height: 6'10" (208cm) Kuro was raised in a secular family. His parents believed in allowing him to find his own way in the world, so they allowed him to explore religion as he wished. At young age, shortly after entering the school system, Kuro found out from other kids naturally about religion. Various children in the class would speak about not liking the clothes they had to wear to church on Sundays or other would talk about their family visits to synagogues and mosques. Eventually, in middle school, his interest was piqued by a girl he was interested in at the time who would talk very openly about how much she enjoyed church. His interest in this girl would fade, but his enjoyment of the church did not. He continued to attend as frequently as he could manage as a young kid, begging his parents to wake up early on Sundays to drive him. Of course they were happy to oblige but pulling themselves out of bed in the mornings was never easy on your day off. As Kuro aged, he got more involved in his church community, balancing both his studies and his church activities with ease. Once it came time for him to graduate high school, he chose to go into seminary school. Kuro breezed through seminary as easily he did the rest of his academic career, graduating with his Master of Ministry [MMin] at the young age of 22 and immediately moving to begin his own monastic life at a separate, men only monastery. He stayed there studying as a monk for six years, building a life and familiarity with monastic cloistered living before searching for openings as an abbot. He wanted to do more for a community, he wanted to lead a community with what he had learned throughout the years, and help build them to be better. Two Harvests on the Mount ended up being that very community. Adjusting to life in a double monastery was certainly more unusual than Kuro had initially anticipated, but he was able to ingratiate himself rather quickly and build a home among the nuns and monks that now looked up to him. He found himself enjoying his time there even more than he enjoyed his time at his previous monastery. He helped raise funding for a few of the buildings they had been needing to build, and in general everyone seemed to enjoy his way of running the monastery and services. They'd even had a larger trickle of new members in the 7 years since he had taken over.
Secular Name: R'Ihve Vowed Name: Sister Magdalene Age: 33 Gender: Non-Binary Pronouns: They/Them Sexuality: Demiromantic Asexual Height: 4'10" (149cm)
R'Ihve was born into a traditionally Catholic family. They spent their childhood thoroughly involved in their local church, practically being raised by their pastor in Sunday school in lieu of their actual parents. R'Ihve's mother worked a demanding job, staying away from home for long periods of time and forcing R'Ihve to learn to take care of themselves, while R'Ihve's father had passed away while their mother was pregnant. When their mother was around, she frequently pushed R'Ihve to get more involved in the church. Eventually, R'Ihve found themselves running a Sunday school class and participating in choir before they finished middle school. R'Ihve's mother became very ill once they entered high school, causing R'Ihve to pick up a job as a stocker at the local grocery store. Between the new job, new found responsibilities, church activities, and school work, R'Ihve ended up making the decision to drop out of high school entirely to focus on supporting their mother and participating in their church. They lived like that for a few years, slowly gaining promotions and more responsibility within the church, until a few months after R'Ihve's 19th birthday their mother passed away. After taking care of funeral arrangements for their mother, using the rest of their inheritence for top surgery, and talking with their pastor about what their next steps should be from there, R'Ihve reached out to Two Harvests on the Mount and began corresponding with the abbess at the time. Just after their 20th birthday, R'Ihve took their first steps with the monastery and entered their postulancy. They enjoyed the members of the monastery and how fulfilled life there made them feel after dedicating the last 6 years of their life to caring for their mother. Slowly yet surely, R'Ihve climbed through the steps to final profession. Upon reaching final profession and becoming fully incorporated into the community, R'Ihve [now Sister Magdalene] was approached by Father Able to be a mentor to the newest member of the community entering novitiate soon, a responsibility which R'Ihve reluctantly agreed to. They had seen Sacha around and interacted with him a few times but they worried for him as he seemed to really be struggling giving up his secular life. They worried for themselves too and if agreeing to mentor Sacha was once again taking on more responsibility than they wanted.
Birth Name: Nami'a Vowed Name: Brother Joshua Age: 35 Gender: Cis man Pronouns: He/Him Sexuality: ??? Height: 5'5" (166cm) Nami'a was raised in a secular family. His parents were uninvolved in religion of any sort and just didn't talk about it within the home. Like Kuro, Nami'a's introduction to religion was through his classmates once he joined school. Unlike Kuro, however, Nami'a would remain uninterested in religion as a whole for the duration of his school life. He continued through life with relatively normal hobbies until he reached high school. Upon entering high school, Nami'a was thrust into a world of options with regards to his extracurricular activities. He began to explore different clubs, jumping from art club [which he wasn't great at], soccer club [decidedly not active enough], to various others before settling on the A/V club which was a relic from times past but kept alive mostly by students who had transformed it into a club built around computers and programming with a grandfathered name. Through this club he discovered a video log hosted online by a local monastery. His interest in these small video logs he had dug up on this reclusive corner of the internet began small but snowballed. He watched every video, he read every blog post, he researched everything he could on the Order's rule, charism, and life. Eventually though, it came time for him to move on to college and his fascination with the monastery ended up falling to the wayside in favor of his computer science degree. Getting his bachelor's went buy pretty smoothly and he even managed to land himself a pretty decent job right out of school. He worked for this company for two years, slowly digging that little sliver of the internet back up with the monastery video logs. He had so much to catch up on, he'd been away for 4 years now. Nami'a started binging the videos, ravenously tearing through the blog posts and new shorter snippet posts. He found himself yearning for the simplistic monastic life, the power the nuns and monks in the videos seemed to carry with them, and honestly most importantly, the cassock and clerical collar. So he reached out to the abbot at the time and began his steps toward connecting with and finding God.
Photos of life at Two Harvests on the Mount coming soon!