We Welcome You as Christ!
Whatever your interests are, we hope your visit to the Abbey will be a source of peace and blessing. We invite you to stay a while – rest in silence, read, walk, and practice the kind of reflection that comes from the deepest places of the heart. Throughout the day, bells call the monks to the Abbey church for prayer. You are always welcome to join us.
In 1882 a small group of Benedictine monks arrived in Oregon to found an abbey similar to the one they had left behind high in the Alpine village of Engelberg, Switzerland. Five years later they founded Mount Angel College, and shortly thereafter, they founded a seminary, whose priest alumni have since served millions of Catholics. They also established the Benedictine Press (closed in 2002) and a library, which has grown into one of the most significant theological libraries in the Pacific Northwest.
The community observes the Rule of Saint Benedict, written in the sixth century by Saint Benedict of Norcia, who is considered the father of Western monasticism. Saint Benedict taught that nothing is to be preferred to the work of God. Benedictine monks dedicate themselves, first and foremost, to praising God, but they are also known for their love of libraries and education.
Life for the monks of Mount Angel Abbey is a gentle and regular rhythm of quiet prayer and work. The monks follow traditional monastic observances, including those of cloister, and the wearing of the monastic habit. Silence is cultivated in the monastery. The apostolic works of the community include the Saint Benedict Guesthouse and Retreat Center, Mount Angel Seminary, the library, the Bookstore and Coffeehouse, and the Benedictine Brewery.