The Abbey Guest House
"Come away to a quiet place by yourselves and rest awhile." (Mark 6:31)
The Monks of Mount Angel Abbey welcome men and women of all faiths to spend time in prayer and reflection in the peaceful atmosphere of Benedictine monastic life and the unique natural environment of our hilltop.
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The Guest House provides warm Benedictine hospitality within a peaceful, relaxed atmosphere. Come, re-energize and center yourself in the sacred surroundings of our Abbey - established in 1882.
Situated on the south-east side of the Abbey hilltop, the Guest House offers a spectacular panoramic view of the Willamette Valley to the south and a peaceful view of the campus mall with our romanesque Abbey Church, bell tower and Monastery to the north.
In the Guest House you will find quiet and comfortable areas conducive to reading, rest and reflection. The Abbey Book Store can be found in the northeast corner of the lobby on the main level. Here you will find a fine selection of books, music, rosaries, and more! Just off the lobby, the visitors coffee bar and lounge is a good place to get a cup of coffee or tea and visit with friends or other guests.
The conference level has various conference and counseling rooms for structured retreats/meetings and spiritual counseling. The newly remodeled meditation room and chapel offer silent areas for prayer and reflection. Immediately adjoining the conference level is a beautiful outdoor garden for added peace and reflection. We encourage our guests to enjoy these areas as part of their private retreat.
On the first floor, above the conference level, there is a spacious dining room overlooking the Abbey's southern pastureland where hundreds of goats and sheep can occasionally be seen grazing on the lower level. On the lowest level of the Retreat House there is a private kitchenette for guests. This room can be accessed with guest room keys and is not open to the public. A refrigerator, microwave and crock pots help guests prepare their meals. Clear containers are provided for food storage. Dishes, cutlery and some cooking utensils are also provided for the comfort of our guests. A small breakfast bar with stools in the kitchenette allows guests to eat in privacy and the larger social area near to the sink and coffee and tea area has direct access to the garden terrace where guests are welcome to enjoy meals al fresco.
The Abbey is blessed with both landscaped and natural grounds. The pathways on the Abbey mall offer a peaceful place to stroll and enjoy the architecture of the Abbey buildings. A walking path that runs parallel to Abbey Drive allows guests to follow the Stations of the Cross. Visit the news page to read an article about the Stations of the Cross.
Our guests are encouraged to visit the library where they may read, study and enjoy the ambiance of our renowned library with its' outstanding collection of theological and historical works. The building was designed by the famous Finnish architect, Alvar Aalto.
Guests are invited to participate and share in the prayer services with the monks. Psalms, canticles, antiphons and prayers are sung and recited at various times throughout the day. Prayer service times can be found here. Attending the prayer services will enhance your Abbey experience and give an extra dimension to your retreat.
For lost and found items, please check with the Guest House office at 503-845-3025. All items will be held for one week, after which time items will be donated to a local charitable organization. Mount Angel Abbey is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
Our staff is always ready for your arrival!