Mount of Communion

Father Adelhelm set out with another Engelberg monk, Father Nicholas Frei, in search of a place to establish the new monastery. Traveling throught the West, they eventually arrived in the Archdiocese of Oregon City, having heard that its Archbishop Charles John Seghers was very interested in establishing the Benedictines in his archdiocese. Within a few years they would settle on a lovely butte with views of the Cascade mountain range which would each day remind them of the Swiss Alps they left behind.

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It is thought that perhaps Native Americans had at one time utilized the butte in the thick fir forest of the Willamette Valley where Mount Angel Abbey now stands. The monks purchased the land and finally settled on this hill in 1884. They built their monastery there, and then a college, thus continuing their own ancient traditions of prayer and work.

Continuing the Tradition

The "Mount of Communion" looks very different today. The orginal wood buildings have been replaced by grand brick structures framed by lawns and gardens. Monks and students hasten to class, visitors arrive to view the church and museum. And yet, the natural beauty and the feeling of God's presence that attracted its first inhabitants still inspire all who live and visit here.