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Upcoming Events

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Good Friday

8:30am - Morning Prayer
12:05pm - Midday Prayer
5:00pm - Solemn Liturgy of the Lord's Passion and Death

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19

Holy Saturday

8:30am - Morning Prayer
12:05pm - Midday Prayer
5:00pm - Vespers
9:00pm - Easter Vigil

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20

Easter Sunday

8:30am - Sung Lauds
10:30am - Mass
6:00pm - Vespers & Benediction

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Saturday with the Monks (A School of the Lord’s Service)

5:00pm
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Latest Updates

HOMILY: Palm Sunday

Abbot James Wiseman
April 13, 2014
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HOMILY: Fifth Sunday of Lent

Fr. Gabriel Myers
April 6, 2014
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TALK: Thomas Merton and Buddhism

Abbot James Wiseman
April 5, 2014
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TALK: St. Benedict (for Abbey School)

Abbot James Wiseman
March 21, 2014
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HOMILY: St. Joseph's Day

Fr. Joseph Jensen
March 19, 2014
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HOMILY: Second Sunday of Lent

Fr. Christopher Wyvill
March 16, 2014
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HOMILY: First Sunday of Lent

Fr. Joseph Jensen
March 9, 2014
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A Benedictine Monastery
in the Heart of Washington DC

Abbot James
Rt. Rev. Dom James Wiseman, OSB
Amazingly, up here 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 real traditional monastery where monks live the life of prayer established by our 6th 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 the nation and the world.

Here within an urban oasis of 40 acres of secluded woodland, the sounds of the city are virtually unheard. Here too stand our prestigious academic High School and close by the Catholic University of America where monks still teach alongside their lay colleagues, and the values of our patrons, St. Benedict and St. Anselm, are proclaimed among our youth to the glory of God and the wonder of the modern world.

Sometimes we are referred to 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 power-houses of prayer and virtue, and our evangelization is precisely by prayer, spiritual direction and education, so we invite you to share our “secret”. We invite you to “come and see”.

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