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Latest Updates

HOMILY: First Sunday of Lent

Fr. Gabriel Myers
February 1, 2015
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TALK: Lenten Conference

Abbot James Wiseman
February 19, 2015
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HOMILY: Ash Wednesday

Abbot James Wiseman
February 18, 2015
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HOMILY: Sixth Sunday of the Year

Fr. Jan Dolny
February 15, 2015
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HOMILY: Thanksgiving Mass in Honor of the 50th Jubilee Year of Ordination

Fr. Michael Hall
February 14, 2015
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HOMILY: Fifth Sunday of the Year

Fr. Boniface Von Nell
February 8, 2015
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HOMILY: Fourth Sunday of the Year (at CUA)

Abbot James Wiseman
February 1, 2015
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HOMILY: Fourth Sunday of the Year

Fr. Philip Simo
February 1, 2015
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NEWS: Vocation Day at St. Augustine Catholic School

January 30, 2015
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HOMILY: Third Sunday of the Year

Fr. Peter Weigand
January 25, 2015
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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
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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