About the Abbey
Life for the monks of Mount Angel Abbey is a gentle and regular rhythm of quiet prayer and work. The monks follow traditional monastic observances, including those of cloister, and the wearing of the monastic habit. Silence is cultivated in the monastery.
The community observes the Rule, written in the sixth century by Saint Benedict of Norcia, who is considered the father of Western monasticism. Saint Benedict taught that nothing is to be preferred to the work of God.
In 1882 a small group of Benedictine monks arrived in Oregon to found an abbey similar to the one they had left behind high in the Alpine village of Engelberg, Switzerland. Five years later they founded Mount Angel College, and shortly thereafter, they founded a seminary, whose priest alumni have since served millions of Catholics. They also established the Benedictine Press (no longer in existence) and a library, which has grown into one of the most significant theological libraries in the Pacific Northwest.