Summer 2012 Vocation Retreat
A beautiful summer weekend welcomed young men from different parts of the country to participate in our monastic vocation retreat. During the retreat, our guests prayed, eat and shared stories with us and we are very delighted to have them here with us. Check out their reatreat photo gallery.
"Thank you for all of your kind hospitality and generosity during my recent retreat and stay at your guesthouse. I entered with some experience of European Abbeys and was happy to find many of the traditions still prevalent. In addition to a beautiful setting, clean rooms and great food, the real bedrock of a Benedictine community is their praying and singing of the Divine Office. This for me was one of the highlights of my visit and during my last vesper service, the very thought of pulling away from this community of men, even after just a few days, caused me to have to stop myself and regroup. Though a lifetime can only truly reveal the whole person, each of my brief encounters with the brothers was charged with a deep rooted and sincere faith that truly surprised me. I came expecting one thing and left with a completely different idea of what it is to be an American Benedictine. Though the rigidity of Europe is not as prevalent, the sincere love and search for God among each and everyone one of these men is. Mount Angel is truly a special place and I cannot wait to return. "
Paul Hearn, Seattle, WA
"No words can describe...there's a sense of peace, knowledge and sprituality."
Hector Escalante, Houston, TX
Voices from Past Retreats
"Everything was great! God bless your work. It has changed my life for the better."
Daniel Diaz, 20, Springfield, OR
"As always, a great and holy time. I look forward to my next visit."
Cory Cook, 23, Camas, WA
My experience in the community was wonderful. I enjoyed the liturgy and chanting. ... the way they live their life is busy, but they always make time for prayer. I learned about their individual talents, and what they do in their spare time. It is not something you can picture until you live with them for a week. They really see each other as brothers, there is a bond that joins them together and they welcome you with open hands. Being around them you get to see that they are men who enjoy the way the live and have no regrets whatsoever about the choice they have made about giving their will to God. I felt like I had arrived home to my long lost family. You can feel and see Christ give you a smile when they give you a smile.
Emmanuel Alva Ramirez, CA
Mount Angel is definitely the place for someone who is truly seeking God and is seriously considering such a special vocation. The Benedictine rhythm of prayer and work set in a picturesque and serene, almost mystical hilltop is an experience worth trying and spiritually fulfilling. My close encounter with the monks inside the monastery gave me a better perspective of a vocation that is undeniably centered in Christ, love, and brotherhood.
Jackson Conocido, 31, Philippines