As a Lutheran with Danish ancestry, I suppose I should know a lot more about Soren Kierkegaard than I do. Reading translations of 19th century philosophical works has never been that high on my list of things to do.
However, after reading this quote from Kierkegaard, I may have to break down and actually read his writings some time, as it sums up my feelings on the the future of monasticism, both within Protestantism, and the Church as a whole:
"Of this there is no doubt, our age and Protestantism in general may need the monastery again, or wish it were there. The "monastery" is an essential dialectical element in Christianity. We therefore need it out there like a navigation buoy at sea in order to see where we are, even though I myself would not enter it. But if there really is true Christianity in every generation, there must also be individuals who have this need..."
(Quoted in the preface to "An Infinity of Little Hours" by Nancy Klein Maguire).