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Latest Updates

HOMILY: The Fifth Sunday of the Year

Fr. Philip Simo
February 7, 2016
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TALK: Remarks on the 50th Anniversary of the Monastic Profession of Abbot James Wiseman and Fr. Peter Weigand

Abbot James
February 7, 2016
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HOMILY: The Presentation of the Lord

Fr. Michael Hall
February 2, 2016
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HOMILY: The Fourth Sunday of the Year

Fr. Christopher Wyvill
January 31, 2016
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HOMILY: Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

Fr. Christopher Wyvill
January 17, 2016
at Cathedral of St. Matthew
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NEWS: Right to Life Guests

January 25, 2016
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HOMILY: Second Sunday of the Year

Fr. Joseph Jensen
January 17, 2016
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HOMILY: The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

Fr. Brendan Coffey
January 11, 2016
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NEWS: Profession Day for Oblates

January 3, 2016
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HOMILY: Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph

Fr. Boniface Von Nell
December 28, 2015
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HOMILY: Christmas Mass during the Day

Fr. Michael Hall
December 25, 2015
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HOMILY: Christmas Mass at Midnight

Abbot James Wiseman
December 25, 2015
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HOMILY: Fourth Sunday of Advent

Abbot James Wiseman
December 20, 2015
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HOMILY: Fourth Sunday of Advent

Fr. Gabriel Myers
December 20, 2015
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A Benedictine Monastery
in the Heart of Washington DC

Abbot James
Rt. Rev. Dom James Wiseman, OSB
Near the north-east boundary of the District of Columbia, twelve minutes by Metro from Union Station and twenty minutes from the Capitol, is a thriving Benedictine monastery. Here, we monks live the life of prayer established by our sixth- century founder St. Benedict and where we continue that life and the aspirations of our founder for the glory of God and the sanctification of our nation and world.

Within an urban oasis of 40 acres of secluded woodland surrounding the monastery, the usual sounds of a busy city are subdued. Here, too, stands our highly regarded middle school and high school, where the values of our patrons, St. Benedict and St. Anselm, are proclaimed among our youth as we prepare them for lives of service to God and their fellow human beings.

Some have referred to the abbey as “Washington’s best kept secret”; perhaps this is because monks are not naturally given to the more ostentatious ways of projecting themselves upon the surrounding world. Monasteries are primarily places of prayer and virtuous activity, and our evangelization is precisely through prayer, spiritual direction, and education. We cordially invite you to share our “secret.” We invite you to “come and see.”

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