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

November 25 to December 6, 2019
December 16, 2019, to January 10, 2020

2019-2020 Abbey Sponsored Retreats

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) and 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 (Abbey church)
10:00–10:45 am room checkout (Luggage can be left outside Engelberg conference room or in your 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 Day of Recollection
December 3

The Coming of the Lord in
Word and Sacrament

Given by Fr. Pius X Harding, O.S.B.

A day of prayer, teaching and good food offered at Mount Angel Abbey’s Saint Benedict Guesthouse & Retreat Center.

Please email to register  or call 503.845.3025.
Cost: $25.00 (includes morning pastries and coffee, conferences, and lunch)

Holy Mass and the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Penance are available.
Bring your favorite Bible and Rosary.

The Advent of the Lord in Word and Sacrament is a day away at Mount Angel Abbey; a time to explore the coming of the Eternal Word into the world God so loves. This is the world in which we all live. Together we will listen to the Sacred Scriptures, pray the Advent liturgies with the monastic community, and prepare our hearts to more worthily receive the Lord this Christmas.

TUESDAY
8:00 am Holy Mass in Abbey church
8:45 am Coffee and pastries in guesthouse conference area – 1st floor
9:30 am Conference #1 – Listening for the Word – Engelberg Room
10:15 am Time for Lectio Divina – Sacrament of Reconciliation available
11:00 am Conference #2 – Advent Preaching of the Saints – Engelberg Room
Noon Midday Prayer in Abbey church
12:20 am Lunch in the guesthouse dining room – 1st floor
1:30 pm The Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary – Engelberg Room
2:15 pm Conference #3 – And the Word Was Made Flesh – Engelberg Room
13:00 pm Day concludes with cookies and hot drinks!

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, O.S.B.
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 Noon Prayer in Abbey church
12:15 pm Lunch and end of retreat

The Mariology of St. John Henry Cardinal Newman
December 27-29

The Mariology of St. John Henry Cardinal Newman

A Christmas season retreat with Fr. Jacob Stronach, O.S.B.

On October 13, 2019, the Church proclaimed John Henry Cardinal Newman a saint. Newman wrote beautifully on many topics, but this retreat will focus on his teachings about Mary, the Mother of God. In the Christmas season, we cannot think about the Incarnation of the Word without also pondering Mary’s unique role in this mystery. During the Octave of Christmas, this retreat will be an opportunity to prayerfully enter more deeply into the Christmas mystery.

For registration, email the retreat master or call 503.845.3025.

$235 single occupancy / $385 double occupancy

Tentative Schedule

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

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

Ignatian Silent Retreat
June 22-26, 2020

Ignatian Silent Retreat

With Bill Zuelke, MDiv, MS, Licensed Professional Counselor

This is a silent retreat, with opportunities for one-on-one counseling available with Bill Zuelke.

For registration, email the retreat master or call 503.845.3025.

Cost: $560, single occupancy only

Tentative Schedule
MONDAY
2-5:00 pm Registration
5:00 pm Orientation to the Divine Office (Abbey church vestibule)
5:15 pm Vespers (Abbey church)
6:00 pm Dinner
7:25 pm Compline (Abbey church)
8:00 pm Welcome Orientation (Engelberg conference room)
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY
5:20 am Vigils (Abbey church, optional)
6:25 am Lauds (Abbey church, optional)
7 am Breakfast
7:55 am Bells for Mass (Abbey church)
9:15- 10 am Conference (Engelberg Conference)
10:30 am Conference
11:55 am Noon Prayer (Abbey church)
12:15 pm Lunch
1:15 pm Conference
Personal time for prayer, lectio, spiritual readings and/or spiritual direction
5:15 pm Vespers (Abbey church)
6:00 pm Dinner
7:25 pm Compline (Abbey church)
8 pm Family Rosary in the Adoration chapel (optional)
THURSDAY
6:30 am Lauds (Abbey church, optional)
7:30 am Breakfast
8 am Bells for Mass (Abbey church)
After Mass room checkout (Luggage can be left outside of Engelberg conference room or in your car)
10 am Conference
11:55 am Noon Prayer (Abbey church)
12:15 pm Lunch (end of silence and end of retreat)

Marriage Enrichment Retreat
June 26-28, 2020

Marriage Enrichment Retreat

A retreat with Fr. William Hammelman, O.S.B.

A pastor for many years, Fr. William Hammelman, O.S.B., is now director of Mount Angel’s postulancy program, confessor, and retreat director.

For registration, email the retreat master or call 503.845.3025.

$235 single occupancy / $385 double occupancy

Tentative Schedule:

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

Mary, Mother of Sorrows: Standing at the Foot of the Cross with Mary
August 10-13, 2020

Mary, Mother of Sorrows:
Standing at the Foot of the Cross
with Mary

With Br. Louis de Montfort, O.S.B.
Reflections on Sacred Scripture and Marian teachings.

Br. Louis de Montfort, O.S.B., is director of spiritual ministries at Saint Benedict Guesthouse and Retreat Center.

For registration, email the retreat master or call 503.845.3025.

Cost: $310 single occupancy

MONDAY
2-5:00 pm Registration
5:00 pm Orientation to the Divine Office (Abbey church vestibule)
5:15 pm Vespers (Abbey church)
6:00 pm Dinner
7:25 pm Compline (Abbey church)
8:00 pm Welcome Orientation (Engelberg Conference)
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY
5:20 am Vigils (Abbey church, optional)
6:25 am Lauds (Abbey church, optional)
7 am Breakfast
7:55 am Bells for Mass (Abbey church)
9:15- 10 am Conference (Engelberg Conference)
10:30 am Conference
11:55 am Noon Prayer (Abbey church)
12:15 pm Lunch
1:15 pm Conference
Personal time for prayer, lectio, spiritual readings and/or spiritual direction
5:15 pm Vespers (Abbey church)
6:00 pm Dinner
7:25 pm Compline (Abbey church)
8 pm Family Rosary in the Adoration chapel (optional)
THURSDAY
6:30 am Lauds (Abbey church, optional)
7:30 am Breakfast
8 am Bells for Mass (Abbey church)
After Mass room checkout (Luggage can be left outside of Engelberg room or in your car)
10 am Conference
11:55 am Noon Prayer (Abbey church)
12:15 pm Lunch (end of silence and end of retreat

 2020 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, please contact LaVern Hayworth, Associate Director of Oblates, at 541.567.9708.

February 7-9, 2020: Abbot Peter Eberle, O.S.B.
(Cost and more details to come.)

April 3-6, 2020: Fr. Ralph Recker, O.S.B., Abbot Peter Eberle, O.S.B., Br. Israel Sanchez, O.S.B.
“The Passiontide in Scripture and the Liturgy”
(Cost and more details to come.)

July 6-10, 2020: Study days; Dr. Elaine Park
(Cost and more details to come.)

July 10-12, 2020: Oblate weekend; Brad Becker
“Dwelling with God: Finding God’s Presence in Scripture and St. Benedict’s Holy Rule”
(Cost and more details to come.)

September 25-27, 2020: Br Timothy Kalange, O.S.B.
(Cost and more details to come.)

September 28-30, 2020: Fr Ralph Recker, O.S.B.
(Cost and more details to come.)

November 6-8, 2020: Fr Pius X Harding, O.S.B.
(Cost and more details to come.)

February 5-7, 2021: Fr Jacob Stronach, O.S.B.
(Cost and more details to come.)