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Open House Day with Monastic Men and Women

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Discernment Days

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Latest Updates

HOMILY: Third Sunday of the Year

Fr. Peter Weigand
January 25, 2014
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NEWS: Hospitality Offered to St. Louis Abbey for March for Life

January 21, 2015
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HOMILY: Second Sunday of the Year

Fr. Joseph Jensen
January 18, 2015
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HOMILY: Second Sunday of the Year at St. Matthew's Cathedral

Fr. Christopher Wyvill
January 18, 2015
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TALK: Respect for Others

Abbot James Wiseman
January 15, 2015
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HOMILY: The Baptism of the Lord

Fr. Christopher Wyvill
January 11, 2015
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HOMILY: The Epiphany of the Lord

Abbot James Wiseman
January 4, 2015
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NEWS: New Year's Eve

December 31, 2014
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HOMILY: Feast of the Holy Family

Fr. Boniface Von Nell
December 28, 2014
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HOMILY: Christmas Day Mass

Fr. Michael Hall
December 25, 2014
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HOMILY: Christmas Midnight Mass

Abbot James Wiseman
December 25, 2014
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HOMILY: Fourth Sunday of Advent

Fr. Gabriel Myers
December 21, 2014
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HOMILY: Fourth Sunday of Advent

Fr. Christopher Wyvill
December 21, 2014
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HOMILY: Third Sunday of Advent

Fr. Philip Simo
December 14, 2014
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PUBLICATION: Advent Newsletter

December 2014
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HOMILY: Second Sunday of Advent

Fr. Peter Weigand
December 7, 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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