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Announcement of a Lay Community

FlyerBeginning in the summer of 2018, our Benedictine community of St. Anselm’s Abbey is planning to begin an intentional community for four men between the ages of 21 and 35 who are seeking to discern their God-given calling, whether to marriage, diocesan priesthood, religious life, or the single state. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity or wish to apply, please click here to view our flyer.

Upcoming Events

Tue April 3 - Fri April 6

Mass at 7:30am

Latest Updates

HOMILY: Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord

Fr. Michael Hall
April 1, 2018
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HOMILY: The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night

Abbot James Wiseman
April 1, 2018
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HOMILY: Good Friday of the Passion of the Lord

Abbot James Wiseman
March 30, 2018
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HOMILY: The Mass of the Lord's Supper

Abbot James Wiseman
March 29, 2018
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HOMILY: Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

Abbot James Wiseman
March 25, 2018
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HOMILY: The Passing of St. Benedict

Abbot James Wiseman
March 21, 2018
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HOMILY: The Solemnity of St. Joseph

Fr. Joseph Jensen
March 19, 2018
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HOMILY: The Fifth Sunday in Lent

Fr. Michael Hall
March 4, 2018
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HOMILY: Third Sunday in Lent

Fr. Gabriel Myers
March 4, 2018
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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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