Abbey Church ordination

The Abbey Church

The Romanesque-style Abbey Church is the center of life on the Hilltop. You are welcome to gather with the monks for prayer or just enjoy the art, architecture and silence. Throughout the day, monastery bells call the monks to prayer, and they gather at night around the “Blessed Mother” statue near the front of the church, to sing traditional hymns in honor of Mary. The statue was carved in Austria in a 16th-century style and given to the Abbey in the 1930s. Other statues include the sixth-century Saint Benedict and his twin sister Saint Scholastica. The Martin Ott Pipe Organ in the choir loft features 2,478 pipes. The choir stalls, front corridors and sanctuary are restricted to the monks.