Father Christoph, who provides support for young would-be priests, told VRT Radio 2: "We're not expecting busloads of youngsters. If a few people apply, we will be over the moon."
Prospective monks will start their year-long trial next October: "We offer an opportunity to familiarise yourself with monastic life in our abbey community, but also with the many other callings or forms of living within the Church. We believe in our lives and ideals and think that we have something to offer. This is why we are opening the door."