St. Anselm's Abbey Mission Statement

We, the monks of St. Anselm’s Abbey in Washington, DC, have answered God’s call to the following of Jesus Christ within the tradition of Benedictine monasticism as found in the Catholic Church. As part of this tradition, we strive to seek God in all things. We do this principally

      • through prayer, which we offer both in common and in solitude and which issues from an attentive listening to the Lord addressing us, above all in the Scriptures;
  • through a life together which is marked by simplicity, celibacy, obedience, stability in this one community, and loving service to one another;
  • and through work, especially in education, spiritual guidance, hospitality, and pastoral work, by which we seek to share with others the love and knowledge of God and of his creation which we have received.
A Monk's Way of Life


On February 18, 2016, Channel USA9 aired a video segment about Fr. Joseph and the monks of St. Anselm's abbey. The version below is slightly longer than the one that was aired. If the player below does not work, you can also click here to watch the video.