Just as the kitchen table is the heart of the home, so is the home of the monastic community. In the 6th century, Saint Benedict drafted the monastic Rule and devoted ten chapters specifically to the monastic table. Drawing on scholarship and her personal experience with the monastic table, Sister Aquinata Bvckmann offers a thorough study of these important chapters in Benedict's Rule. Around the Monastic Table discusses the relationship between Benedict's Rule and the rules of Basil, Augustine, and the Rule of the Master. In addition, Sister Aquinata reflects upon the importance of caring for weaker members, the practicality of work schedules, and meeting the needs of the brothers and sisters in the life of shared community.