Calendar of Retreats

We are happy to announce that the renovation and expansion of the Saint Benedict Guesthouse and Retreat Center is now complete! In addition to renovating the original building, a new wing offers a parking-level lobby and meeting rooms, a commercial kitchen and dining room, and new retreat rooms for overnight guests.

Private Retreat Times

Listed below are dates currently available for a self-guided retreat. The guesthouse may be available at other times if space allows. Please check with the guesthouse office for availability and cost as space can fill quickly during the year, and reservations are required. Email the retreat master or call 503.845.3025 for more information and to confirm availability. A non-refundable room deposit and your contact information is needed to complete the reservation.

Please be ready to indicate if you would like to book a private retreat for:

  • single occupancy with 3 meals
  • double occupancy with 3 meals
  • single occupancy lodging only
  • double occupancy lodging only

September 30-October 8, 2019
October 16-21, 2019
October 28-31, 2019
November 4-7, 2019
December 20-30, 2019 (Christmas Retreat time)

2019 Abbey Sponsored Retreats

Contemplative Prayer with St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross
October 18–20

G-U-I-DANCE (G-od U (and) I DANCE):

Transitioning from Meditation to Contemplation with
Sts. Teresa of Avila & John of the Cross

A silent retreat with Fr. Thomas Koller, O.C.D.

During this retreat we will discuss and also take time to practice what St. Teresa of Jesus (Avila) and St. John of the Cross teach about preparing oneself for the gift of contemplation. (Hint: You can’t do it yourself. You must be invited to the dance!)

Fr. Thomas Koller has been a Discalced Carmelite brother of the Province of California for almost 40 years, and has been working with prayer groups for almost as long. He is currently the rector and student master at the Carmelite House of Studies in Mt. Angel, Oregon, and teaches Johannine literature and Carmelite mystics and spirituality at Mount Angel Seminary.

Recommended readings: St. Teresa of Jesus. Collected Works of St. Teresa. Volume II. Washington, D.C.: ICS Publications, 2006. (The Way of Perfection and The Interior Castle); the electronic collection of key passages from St. Teresa and St. John of the Cross, “The Difficult Transition from Meditation to Contemplation according to St. Teresa and St. John of the Cross.”

For registration, email the retreat master or call 503.845.3025.

$235 single occupancy / $385 double occupancy

(Early registration on Wednesday and Thursday is available)

Friday
2:00-5:00 pm Check-in and registration
5:00 pm Orientation to the Divine Office (Abbey church vestibule)
5:15 pm Vespers, followed by Eucharistic Adoration (Abbey church)
6:00 pm Dinner
7:25 pm Compline (Abbey church)
8:00 pm Welcome orientation (Silence begins)
Saturday
5:20 am Vigils (Abbey church, optional)
6:30 am Lauds (Abbey church, optional)
7:00 am Breakfast
7:55 am Mass (Abbey church)
9:15 am Conference
10:15 am Conference
(Personal time for prayer, lectio, study)
11:55 am Midday Prayer (Abbey church)
12:15 pm Lunch
1:15-2:15 pm Conference
(Personal time for prayer, confession, spiritual counseling, study)
4 pm Confession
5:15 pm Vespers I of Sunday (Abbey church)
6:00 pm Dinner
7:25 pm Vigils for Sunday (Abbey church) / or conference
Sunday
6:35 am Lauds (Abbey church, optional)
7:30 am Breakfast
8:55 am Mass in Abbey church
(check out of room after Mass)
10:45 am Conference
11:55 am Midday Prayer (Abbey church)
12:15 pm Lunch (end of silence)
1:00 pm End of retreat

Reflections on Adoration of the Holy Eucharist and Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary
October 25 - 27

Reflections on Adoration of the Holy Eucharist in the writings of St. Peter Julian Eymard and Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary in the writings of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade.
With Elizabeth Farley, S.T.D. and Rev. Jacob Stronach, O.S.B.
(Open to men and women.)

$194 single occupancy / $326 double / $88 commuter

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For more information on retreat registration, please email retreat@mtangel.edu.

The Communion of Saints–Living with the Saints
November 8 – 10

The Communion of Saints–Living with the Saints

Silent Retreat with Abbot Peter Eberle, O.S.B.

In his recent Apostolic Exhortation, Gaudete et Exultate, Pope Francis writes of the importance of saints in our lives. In this retreat Abbot Peter, drawing from Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation and other sources, will reflect on the role of the saints in our individual lives and in the life of the Church, i.e., the Communion of Saints.

Abbot Peter Eberle is a Benedictine monk of Mount Angel who first made vows in 1962, was ordained in 1968, and spent several years in Sacred Heart parish in Portland before going to school in Ottawa in 1970-1972 (STL degree) and in Rome from 1973-1976 (STD degree). In the years after his return, he served in the community as novice master, prior, faculty member in the seminary, and as Abbot from 1988-1997. Abbot Peter presently works as a full-time Formation Director and teaches at Mount Angel Seminary.

Recommended readings: Pope Francis’s Apostolic Exhortation, “Gaudete et Exultate.”

For registration, email the retreat master or call 503.845.3025.

$235 single occupancy / $385 double occupancy

(Early registration on Wednesday and Thursday is available)

FRIDAY
2-5 pm Check-in and registration
5 :00 pm Orientation to the Divine Office (Abbey church vestibule)
5:15 pm Vespers, followed by Eucharistic Adoration in the Abbey church
6 pm Dinner
7:25 pm Compline (Abbey church)
8 pm Welcome Orientation (silence begins)
SATURDAY
5:20 am Vigils (Abbey church—optional)
6:30 am Lauds (Abbey church—optional)
7:00 am Breakfast
7:55 am Mass (Abbey church)
9:15 am Conference
10:15 am Conference
(Personal time for prayer, lectio, studies)
11:55 am Midday Prayer (Abbey church)
12:15 pm Lunch
1:15-2:15 pm Conference
(Personal time for prayer, confession, spiritual counseling, studies)
4 pm Confession
5:15 pm Vespers I of Sunday (Abbey church)
6:00 pm Dinner
7:25 pm Vigils for Sunday (Abbey church) – or Conference
SUNDAY
6:35 am Lauds (Abbey church—optional)
7:30 am Breakfast
8:55 am Mass in Abbey church (check out of room after Mass)
10:45 am Conference
11:55 am Noon Prayer (Abbey church)
12:15 pm Lunch- End of silence
1:00 pm End of Retreat

What is Freedom For? Lessons from Shakespeare’s Macbeth
November 15 to 17

WHAT IS FREEDOM FOR?
Lessons from Shakespeare’s Macbeth

Retreat Master: Fr. Stephen Rowan, Ph.D.

Shakespeare (1564-1616) was a keen observer of human behavior, whose plays continue to give wise insights into human motives, actions, and consequences. Shakespeare’s Macbeth concerns a man whose ambition to be king caused him and his wife to seek the prize of ultimate power above – and outside – the law. When they freely chose to achieve their purpose through crime and cover up, what happened to them? What did they discover about the reach and the limits of power? What can we learn from their story about the purposes of freedom?

In this retreat we will consider these and other questions through several talks and times for reflection, conversation, and prayer. Ideally, retreatants should read Macbeth before the retreat and bring a copy with them to consult between talks.

Retreat Master

Father Stephen Rowan, Ph.D., a priest of the Archdiocese of Seattle (incardinated in 1981) has served since 1970 as a teacher of English and college administrator: Dean of Arts and Sciences at Seattle University (1994-1998) and the University of Portland (2007-2012); interim Dean of Arts and Sciences at Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, Washington (2015-2016); and Interim President of Carroll College in Helena, Montana (2000-01 and 2017-18). Fr. Rowan has served the Archdiocese of Seattle as Vicar for Education and Superintendent for Catholic Schools (2001-04 and 2012-14); as Director of Deacon Formation and Continuing Formation of Clergy; and as Vicar General (2004-2006). In 2002, he assisted Archbishop Brunett in establishing the Fulcrum Foundation (2001-2008) for Catholic Schools. Fr. Rowan received his doctorate in English from the University of British Columbia and an honorary doctorate from Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, Washington, has authored several books and articles, and has presented at conferences, retreats, and convocations. He presently lives in Silverton, Oregon, and teaches at Mount Angel Seminary.

For registration, email the retreat master or call 503.845.3025.

$234 single occupancy / $406 double occupancy / $128 commuter

* The opportunity to extend your retreat experience may be available at $90 per night; please ask when registering for availability.

Friday
3:00–5:00 pm Registration
5:00 pm Orientation to the Divine Office
(Abbey church vestibule)
5:15 pm Vespers (Abbey church) & Eucharistic Adoration
6:00 pm Dinner
7:25 pm Compline (Abbey church)
8:00–9:00pm Conference #1 (Engelberg conference room)
Saturday
5:20 am Vigils (Abbey church – optional)
6:30 am Lauds: Morning Prayer (Abbey church – optional)
7:00 am Breakfast
7:55 am Bells for Mass (Abbey church)
9:15–10:15 am Conference #2
10:45–11:45 am Conference #3
11:55 am Noon Prayer (Abbey church)
12:15 pm Lunch
1:15–2:15 pm Conference #4
2:45–3:45 pm Conference #5
4:00 pm Personal time for prayer, journaling, or rest
5:15 pm Vespers I of Sunday (Abbey church)
6:00 pm Dinner
7:15–8:15 pm Film: Shakespeare Uncovered: Macbath
Sunday
6:35 am Lauds (Abbey church – optional)
7:30 am Breakfast
8:55 am Bells for Mass in Abbey church
10:00–10:45 am room checkout (can leave luggage outside of Engelberg conference room or in the car)
10:45–11:45 am Conference #6
11:55 am Noon Prayer (Abbey church)
12:15 pm Lunch
1:00 pm End of Retreat

The Mystery of the Father’s Love: The Return of the Prodigal, Beloved Son
November 29- December 1

The Mystery of the Father’s Love: The Return of the Prodigal, Beloved Son

Thanksgiving silent retreat with Br. Louis de Montfort, O.S.B.

The Return of the Prodigal Son by RembrandtThe greatest gift of all time and history is the revelation of God and his very being: a communion of three Persons in an endless, eternal dance of unfathomable love. As human persons, we are created for and called to participate in this Divine communion. Much has been written on the Second and Third Persons, the Son and the Holy Spirit respectively, who seem more tangible and perceptible to the human mind and senses. The First Person of the Trinity, the Father, however, is far more enigmatic even though he is the principle of all things and his presence is ever pervasive. In this retreat, we will delve into Sacred Scriptures to discover the mystery of the Father and encounter his boundless love and compassion. The retreat will encompass the Parable of the Prodigal Son, the Genesis story of the Prodigal Adam, and the return of the Beloved Son on Calvary. From these stories, the depth of human misery is revealed; yet, even this is far surpassed by the greater revelation of the Father’s inexhaustible love. Encounter God through the Father’s Love.

Recommended reading: The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming, by Henri Nouwen

For registration, email the retreat master or call 503.845.3025.

$235 single occupancy / $385 double occupancy

(Early registration on Wednesday and Thursday is available)

FRIDAY
2-5 pm Check-in and registration
5 :00 pm Orientation to the Divine Office (Abbey church vestibule)
5:15 pm Vespers, followed by Eucharistic Adoration in the Abbey church
6 pm Dinner
7:25 pm Compline (Abbey church)
8 pm Welcome Orientation (silence begins)
SATURDAY
5:20 am Vigils (Abbey church—optional)
6:30 am Lauds (Abbey church—optional)
7:00 am Breakfast
7:55 am Mass (Abbey church)
9:15 am Conference
10:30 am Conference
(Personal time for prayer, lectio, sacred reading…)
11:55 am Midday Prayer (Abbey church)
12:15 pm Lunch
1:15 pm Conference
(Personal time for prayer, spiritual counseling, reading…)
4 pm Confession
5:15 pm Vespers I of Sunday (Abbey church)
6:00 pm Dinner
7:25 pm Vigils for Sunday (Abbey church)
8:35 pm Conference
SUNDAY
6:35 am Lauds (Abbey church—optional)
7:30 am Breakfast
8:55 am Mass in Abbey church (check out of room after Mass)
10:45 am Conference
11:55 am Midday Prayer (Abbey church)
12:15 pm Lunch (end of silence)
1:00 pm End of retreat

Advent Retreat: The Epiphany Season Liturgies that Most of Us Miss
December 6 - 8

“Busy with the Lord:
The Epiphany Season Liturgies that most of us miss”

Reflections and meditations on Advent, with Br. Cyril Drnjevic, O.S.B.

This retreat will build on the graduate studies (in Rome and at Mount Angel Seminary) of the Advent and Christmas seasons, prepared by Fr. Joseph Nguyen, O.S.B., a monk of Mount Angel Abbey.

$194 single occupancy / $326 double / $88 commuter

For information on retreat registration, please email retreat@mtangel.edu.

Friday
4:00–6:00 pm Registration
5:15 pm Vespers in Abbey church
6:00 pm Dinner
8:00 pm Welcome, Orientation with Fr. Pius X Harding, OSB
Conference 1: Retreat Overview
Saturday
5:20 am Vigils in Abbey church (optional)
6:30 am Morning Prayer in Abbey church (optional)
7:00 am Breakfast (meal discussion: we invite discussion of questions from this retreat
8:00 am–9:30 am Mass in Abbey church
Conference 2: History of the Christmas Season
12:00 noon Prayer in Abbey church
12:15 pm Lunch (meal discussion)
2:00 pm Conference 3: Christmas Season Readings, part 1
4:00 pm Reconciliation
5:15 pm Vespers in Abbey church
6:00 pm Dinner (meal discussion)
6:45 pm Evening Discussion, based on the retreat Questionnaire, Evaluation
7:30 pm Vigils in Abbey church
Sunday, Dec. 8, Second Sunday of Advent
6:40 am Morning Prayer in Abbey church (optional)
7:30 am Breakfast (meal discussion)
9:00 am Mass in Abbey church
10:30 am Conference 4: Christmas Season Readings, part 2
12:00 noon Prayer in Abbey church
12:15 pm Lunch and end of the Retreat

A Silent Retreat Based on Holy Scripture
May 22-24, 2020

Scripture Retreat

A silent retreat with Scripture scholar, Dr. Mark Nussberger, PhD

For registration, email the retreat master or call 503.845.3025.

$235 single occupancy / $385 double occupancy

(Early registration on Wednesday and Thursday is available)

FRIDAY
2-5:00 pm Check-in and registration
5:00 pm Orientation to the Divine Office (Abbey church vestibule)
5:15 pm Vespers followed by Eucharistic Adoration in the Abbey church
6:00 pm Dinner
7:25 pm Compline (Abbey church)
8:00 pm Welcome Orientation (silence begins)
SATURDAY
5:20 am Vigils (Abbey church, optional)
6:30 am Lauds (Abbey church, optional)
7:00 am Breakfast
7:55 am Mass (Abbey church)
9:15 am Conference
10:30 am Conference (followed by personal time for prayer, spiritual counseling, reading)
11:55 am Midday Prayer (Abbey church)
12:15 pm Lunch
1:15 pm Conference (followed by personal time for prayer, spiritual counseling, reading)
4:00 pm Confession
5:15 pm Vespers I of Sunday (Abbey church)
6:00 pm Dinner
7:25 pm Vigils for Sunday (Abbey church)
8:35 pm Conference
SUNDAY
6:35 am Lauds (Abbey church, optional)
7:30 am Breakfast
8:55 am Mass (Abbey church; check out of room after Mass)
10:45 am Conference
11:55 am Midday Prayer (Abbey church)
12:15 pm Lunch (end of silence)
1:00 pm End of Retreat

 2019 Oblate Retreats

(You must be an oblate to attend these retreats.)

Oblates of Saint Benedict are Christians who have experienced in some way a call to embrace Benedictine spirituality. After a time of prayer and discernment they have desired a more formal, permanent commitment to a monastic community. By making this formal self-giving to Christ in communion with a monastic community, the oblate embraces the time-tested traditions and values of the Benedictine way. Oblates are united to the prayer and good works of the monastery to which they are associated while they continue to live out their Christian vocation in the world.

For more information on becoming on oblate, you can contact LaVern Hayworth, Associate Director of Oblates, at 541.567.9708.


Fr. Jacob Stronach, O.S.B.

September 20-22, 2019

“Coming To Know Jesus Better Through the Practice of Lectio Divina on the Gospels”

$194 single occupancy / $326 double / $88 commuter


Fr. Odo Recker, O.S.B.

November 1-3, 2019

NOTE: Day commuter reservations only; guesthouse rooms are all booked as of 8/30/2019.

“Dealing with the devil as The Enemy, The Tempter, The Liar, The Accuser, and The Murderer”

$194.00 single occupancy / $326 double /  $88 commuter