Guests are always welcome at the Abbey!
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 Benet Hall Guesthouse and Retreat Center has a guest coffee bar 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. The guest area is a nice place to get a cup of coffee or sit and read. In that area, you are welcome to eat any meals you bring.
Before venturing to other parts of the guesthouse, please check with the guest master or co-ordinator to see if there are group activities taking place in other areas of the guesthouse.
On the lowest, or conference level, of the guesthouse, there is a silent (no drink/no food) meditation/reading area at the east end of the conference level as well as the chapel and garden. You are welcome to enjoy these areas. (When a group retreat is in residence and using the conference area, we ask that visitors use the east end of the conference level only, leaving the west end free for the group retreat.) It is always good to check in with the admin office to make sure these areas are available.
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 (e.g. espresso, latte, etc.).
Guests are also welcome to visit the library; please visit their webpage on the Abbey website to check opening hours. You may also want to visit the Abbey Museum with its unique items. It is located behind the guesthouse. It is 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 visit us and enjoy your day!
Answers to questions can be found at the Frequently Asked Questions page.