Guests are always welcome at the Abbey!
*If you are interested in coming as a school group or large group, we ask that you let us know ahead of time. We can arrange for a monk to give you a tour. We also have specific policies for our school groups, as well as forms we ask you to complete before your arrival.
The Abbey church is open to all and you are encouraged to join the monks for prayer services. (Prayer service times are listed on the monastery's Liturgy of the Hours web page.) Monastic prayer services are the singing of scripture and psalms. Midday prayer at noon is the shortest, at 15 minutes, and is a nice introduction if you have not attended a prayer service before.
The Saint Benedict Guesthouse and Retreat Center has a coffee area and lounge on the main floor, just off the lobby. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate are available for our guests. Also located on this floor are the administration offices for the guesthouse and retreat center. The guest area is a welcoming place to get a cup of coffee or sit and read. In that area, you are also able to eat any meals you bring. We do not have a microwave for public use. Please keep this in mind when packing your lunch for the day.
Before venturing to other parts of the guesthouse, please check with the Guest Master or administrative assistant to see if there are group activities taking place in other areas of the facility. Only guests staying at the retreat center are allowed on the third floor. You can also email email@example.com to schedule a space for a day retreat.
On the lowest, conference level of the guesthouse, there is a silent (no drink/no food) meditation and reading area at the east end, as well as the chapel and garden. You are welcome to enjoy these areas. We ask that you sign in with the administration office on the lobby level to make sure these areas are available on the day of your visit. It is important for our staff to know who is in our building in case of emergency.
The Abbey Bookstore and Coffeehouse is located in the Press Building at the northwest corner of the Abbey hilltop. This is open to the public and has a wide range of books and gifts. You can also purchase specialty coffees and teas.
Guests are also welcome to visit the library; please visit their webpage on the Abbey website to check open hours. You may also want to visit the Abbey museum with its unique items. It is located behind the guesthouse (closed on Mondays).
There are beautiful spaces to walk around the Abbey hilltop, including the Stations of the Cross that run parallel to Abbey Drive. In March of 1883, the small chapel currently in the cemetery had been built and was being used for worship. The original wooden monastery was built at the bottom of the hill and the monks moved into it July 14, 1884. The Stations of the Cross were also being constructed at this time. In 1889, Mr. Weber (originally from Mt. Angel but had moved to California), purchased and gave to the monks the Stations of the Cross statues. They came from Munich, Germany.
On the top of the hill, pathways will take you before each building on the hilltop, and equals the distance of a quarter mile track. If you walk the perimeter path four times, you have walked a mile.
Please note, while day visitors are always welcome at the Abbey, due to construction and renovation of the guesthouse and retreat center, the facility will be closed from June through December 2018 while the new building is tied into the existing structure and necessary upgrades are complete.
The turnaround and elevator from the south side parking level to the Abbey mall and church level will be closed from June 11 through the summer months. There are spaces reserved on the mall level on the north side of the Damian Center, #14 on this Walking Tour map, for vehicles with disabled parking permits.
Keep track of construction progress on the Guesthouse Renovation webcam.
Answers to questions can be found on the Frequently Asked Questions page.