Calendar of Retreats

The Saint Benedict Guesthouse and Retreat Center offers recently updated retreat rooms for overnight guests, a parking-level lobby and meeting rooms, and a commercial kitchen and dining room. Welcome!

Abbey Sponsored & Co-Sponsored Retreats

Advent Retreat
Abbot Jeremy Driscoll, O.S.B.
Dec 2–4, 2022

Advent Retreat

with Abbot Jeremy Driscoll, O.S.B.
December 2 – 4, 2022

Please email for more information

Please note: This retreat and the wait list are full for 2022.

FRIDAY
3 – 5:00 pm Registration
5:00 pm Orientation to the Divine Office
5:15 pm Vespers
6:00 pm Dinner
6:45 pm Welcome Orientation & Conference 1 (silence begins)
SATURDAY
5:20 am Vigils (optional)
6:30 am Lauds Morning Prayer (optional)
7:00 am Breakfast
7:55 am Mass
9:00 am Conference 2
10:30 am Conference 3
12:00 pm Noon Prayer
12:15 pm Lunch (silence with table reading
1:00 pm Sacrament of Reconciliation (optional)
4:00 pm Conference 4
5:15 pm Vespers
6:00 pm Dinner (silence with table reading)
7:25 pm Vigils for Sunday
SUNDAY
6:35 am Lauds
7:30 am Breakfast
9 am Mass
10:30 am Conference 5
12:00 pm Noon Prayer
12:15 pm Lunch  & End of Retreat

Shakespeare's Henry V: A Study in Leadership
A retreat with Fr. Stephen Rowan, Ph.D.
December 9-11, 2022

Shakespeare’s Henry V: A Study in Leadership

A retreat with Fr. Stephen Rowan, Ph.D.
December 9-11, 2022

Father Stephen Rowan, S.T.B. and Ph.D., a priest of the Archdiocese of Seattle, has served since 1970 as a teacher of English and a college administrator and as Vicar for Education and Superintendent for Catholic Schools (2001-04 and 2012-14). Fr. Rowan received his doctorate in English from the University of British Columbia, has authored several books and articles, and presented at conferences, retreats, and convocations. He is presently living in Silverton, Oregon, and teaching at Mount Angel Seminary.

Recommended reading:
Any version of Shakespeare’s Henry V play

Cost: $350 Single; $135 Commuter

Email retreat@mtangel.edu for availability and double occupancy rate.

Friday
3:00 – 5 pm Registration
5 pm Orientation to the Divine Office (Abbey church)
5:15 pm Vespers (followed by Eucharistic Exposition & Adoration)
6:00 pm Dinner
6:45 pm Welcome Orientation & Conference #1
Saturday
5:20 am Vigils
6:30 am Lauds
7 am Breakfast
8 am Mass
9 am Conference #2
10:30 am Conference #3
Noon Midday Prayer
TBD Movie- Henry V
5:15 pm Vespers
6:00 pm Dinner
TBD (6:45 pm) Conference #4
Sunday
6:35 am Lauds
7:30 am Breakfast
9 am Mass
10:30 am Conference #5
Noon Midday Prayer
12:15 pm Lunch and then end of retreat

* Mass and the Divine Office are celebrated in the Abbey church

Preaching Matthew - A retreat for priests
December 14-15, 2022

Preaching Matthew

with Fr. Stephen Rowan
Wednesday-Thursday, December 14-15

– A Retreat For Priests Only –

This two-day workshop presents a series of reflections on Matthew’s Gospel, intended to give priests an overview of the Gospel’s themes for Year A of the liturgical year in the context of fellowship, prayer, and relaxation on the grounds of Mount Angel Abbey. Fr. Stephen Rowan, our presenter, is a priest of the Archdiocese of Seattle and a faculty member at Mount Angel Seminary.

To make reservations, please contact the guesthouse at 503.845.3025 or email retreat@mtangel.edu.

Cost: Free Will Offering
Note: This workshop is limited to 35 participants.

Wednesday
5:15 pm Vespers in Abbey church
6 pm Dinner​ in Guesthouse dining room
7:15-8 pm Talk 1 – Preaching Matthew’s Gospel: The Formation of Missionary Disciples
Thursday
8:00 am Mass in Abbey church
9:15 am Talk 2 – Jesus: Teacher of Righteousness in Deed and Word
10-10:45 am Break; optional visit to Abbey bookstore
10:45-11:45 am Talk 3 – Preaching Miracle, Parable, and Apocalyptic
11:45-1:15 pm Break, noon prayer, lunch
1:15 pm Talk 4 – Jesus: Son of God Through Death and Resurrection
2:15 pm Social gathering (with option to visit the Benedictine Brewery) and departure

Encountering God Through Forgiveness
A retreat with Br. Louis Nguyen, O.S.B.
February 24–26, 2023

Encountering God Through Forgiveness

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

February 24–26, 2023

In a world filled with noises and discords, heartaches and anxiety, there is a greater hunger for peace and meaning. Soaring above this sea of turbulence is Mount Angel Abbey, which sits above a sacred hill. Surrounded by natural beauty and graced by prayer and silence, it speaks to every heart that yearns to seek that which is above. As part of a monastic silent retreat on encountering God, we invite all to share in the Benedictine life of prayer, meditation and silence. This particular retreat focuses on encountering God through the gift and power of forgiveness. The basis of the retreat reflection will be Christ’s life and the Gospels, in addition to anecdotal stories shared in Allen Hunt’s book, Everybody Needs to Forgive Somebody. Through the amazing grace of forgiveness, we can experience and delve into the unfathomable depth of God’s love and mercy. Be renewed, healed and transformed.

Recommended Readings:

  • Everybody Needs to Forgive Somebody, by Allen Hunt
  • Be Healed: A Guide to Encountering the Powerful love of Jesus in Your Life, by Bob Schuchts
  • Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust, by Immaculee Ilibagiza
  • Be Transformed: The Healing Power of the Sacraments, by Bob Schuchts

Cost: $350 Single
Email retreat@mtangel.edu for availability and double occupancy rate.

Friday
3-5 pm Registration
5 pm Orientation to the Divine Office
7 pm Welcome & Conference
Saturday
8 am Mass
9:15 am Conference
10:30 am Conference
2:30 pm Conference
4 pm Sacrament of Confession
Sunday
9 am Mass
10:30 am Conference
12 pm Lunch and then end of retreat

Mary's Fiat as the Model for Mental Healing & Spiritual Warfare
A retreat with Dr. Christin McIntyre, MD, Ph.D.
March 24-26, 2023

Mary’s Fiat as the Model
for Mental Healing & Spiritual Warfare

A retreat with Dr. Christin McIntyre, MD, Ph.D.
March 24-26, 2023

A psychiatrist in clinical practice and devout believer in the power of God’s grace, Dr. McIntyre shares powerful insights into spiritual healing by conforming one’s will to that of the God who loves and cares for his people.

Dr. Christin McIntyre is a Portland native who converted to Catholicism in 1997. She and her husband Jim have five children, and attend St Stanislaus Parish in Rathdrum, Idaho. She earned a combined MD/PhD degree in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the University of Kansas Medical Center, and returned to Oregon to complete a residency in Psychiatry at OHSU. She has been in outpatient practice as a psychiatrist in the Portland area since 2003, and continues to see patients in Oregon and Washington by telehealth since relocating to Idaho in 2021.

Cost: $350 Single
Email retreat@mtangel.edu for availability and double occupancy rate.

Friday
3-5 pm Registration
5 pm Orientation to the Divine Office (Abbey church vestibule)
5:15 pm Vespers followed by Eucharistic Adoration
6 pm Dinner
7 pm Welcome & Conference (Engelberg Conference)
Saturday
5:20 am Vigils (optional)
6:25 am Lauds (optional)
7 am Breakfast
8 am Eucharistic Sacrifice of the Mass
9 am Conference
10:30 am Conference
12 pm Noon Prayer
12:15 pm Lunch
2:30 pm Conference
4 pm Sacrament of Confession
5:15 pm Vespers
6 pm Dinner
7:25 pm Vigils of Sunday
Sunday
6:35 am Lauds
7:30 am Breakfast
9 am Eucharistic Sacrifice of the Mass
10:30 am Conference
12 pm Noon Prayer
12:15 pm Lunch & end of Retreat

The Glory of the Paschal Triduum
with Abbot Jeremy Driscoll O.S.B., Abbot Peter Eberle O.S.B., & Br. Louis de Montfort O.S.B.
April 5-9, 2023

The Glory of the Paschal Triduum

A Holy Week Silent Retreat with
Abbot Jeremy Driscoll O.S.B.
Abbot Peter Eberle O.S.B.
Br. Louis de Montfort O.S.B.

April 5-9, 2023

Come and experience the glory, beauty and mystery of the Paschal Triduum and the glory of the Passion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Become immersed in the Paschal Mystery through an immersion in the Sacred Liturgy and Scripture while being guided by different Benedictine monks each day of Holy Week, the holiest week of the entire liturgical year. The daily conferences will focus and meditate on the themes of Holy Thursday of the Lord’s Supper, Friday of the Passion of the Lord, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord.

Recommended reading:

  • Awesome Glory: Resurrection in Scripture, Liturgy and Theology, by Jeremy Driscoll, O.S.B.
  • Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist: Unlocking the Secretes of the Last Supper, by Brant Pitre
  • Christ in His Mysteries, by Blessed Columba Marmion
  • The Lamb’s Supper: The Mass as Heaven on Earth, by Scott Hahn

Cost: $650 Single
Email retreat@mtangel.edu for availability and double occupancy rate.

Wednesday
3-5 pm Registration
5 pm Orientation to the Divine Office (Abbey church vestibule)
5:15 pm Vespers
6 pm Dinner
6:45 pm Welcome Orientation (silence begins)
Holy Thursday of the Lord’s Supper
5:20 am Vigils
6:45 am Lauds
7:15 am Breakfast
8 am Conference (with Abbot Peter)
9:30 am Conference (with Abbot Peter)
11 am Sacrament of Reconciliation (confession)
12 pm Noon prayer
12:15 pm Lunch
1 pm Sacrament of Reconciliation (confession)
4 pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament after Mass until midnight
6:00 pm Dinner
7:25 pm Compline
Friday of the Passion of the Lord
5:20 am Vigils
6:45 am Lauds
7:15 am Breakfast
9 am Conference (with Br. Louis de Montfort)
10:30 am Conference (with Br. Louis de Montfort)
12 pm Noon prayer
12:15 pm Lunch
1 pm Station of the Cross (optional)
3 pm Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion & Death
6:00 pm Dinner
7:25 pm Compline
Holy Saturday
5:20 am Vigils
6:45 am Lauds
7:15 am Breakfast
8 am Conference (with Abbot Jeremy)
9:30 am Conference (with Abbot Jeremy)
12 pm Noon prayer
12:15 pm Lunch
1 pm The Passion of the Christ Movie (optional)
5:15 pm Vespers
6:00 pm Dinner
9 pm Easter Vigil Mass
Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord
7:30 am Breakfast (end of silence before breakfast)
9 am Solemn Lauds
11 am Mass of Easter Day
12:20 pm Followed by Easter Banquet
end of silence
end of retreat

2 Become 1 – A Retreat to Explore the Beauty and Truth of Catholic Marriage
Fr. Matt Libra, Patricia Mackie, LPC, Br. Louis de Montfort, O.S.B.
May 26-28, 2023

2 Become 1
A Retreat to Explore the Beauty
and Truth of Catholic Marriage

for Married and Engaged Couples, Co-Sponsored by Mount Angel Abbey and the Archdiocese of Portland

Features Fr. Matt Libra, Patricia Mackie, LPC, Br. Louis de Montfort, O.S.B., and your marriage!

May 26-28, 2023

A retreat from the hustle and bustle of life to focus on your one true vocation, the vocation of marriage. For engaged and married couples, this weekend will offer you opportunities to pray together, learn together, play together, and grow together. God has created this sacred sacrament and called you to it. On this weekend you will be invited to discern your current state of life, and listen and respond to God’s call and invitation to allow him into this Holy calling. This weekend is focused on learning how to respond to God’s call to marital holiness, you will review a personalized inventory of your relationship, and have quiet moments for prayer, reflection, and discussion.

This weekend qualifies for Marriage Preparation for the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon. Check with your individual parish for specific requirements.

Cost: $550 – Couple (includes room and board for 2 nights, meals, and speaker fees)

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

Friday
1-2:30 pm Registration
2:30 pm Orientation
3 pm Conference
(Keynote with Fr. Matt Libra on Theology of the Body & The Sacrament of Marriage)
5:15 pm Vespers followed by Adoration
6 pm Dinner
7:25 pm Compline
SATURDAY
5:20 am Vigils (optional)
6:25 am Lauds (optional)
7 am Breakfast
8 am Mass
9:15-10 am Conference (Prepare & Enrich)
10:30 am Conference (Skills for a Lifetime of Love)
12 pm Noon Prayer
12:15 pm Lunch
2:30 pm Conference (Married Sexual Intimacy)
5:15 pm Vespers
6 pm Dinner
7:25 pm Social Hour at the Brewery
SUNDAY
6:35 am Lauds
7:30 am Breakfast
9 am Mass
10:30 am Conference (Living Your Spirituality)
11:15 am Small Group Discussion
12 pm Noon Prayer
12:15 pm Lunch & End of Retreat
2 Become 1

A couple rushes out the door hurrying to finish dishes and shuttle children to sports, the husband rushes one way, while the wife dashes the other. They return home tired, collapse on the couch, turn on the TV, scroll through social media, or return to their phone to complete one more to do item. They cannot recall the last time they actually shared an intimate evening, bared their soul to one another, and felt completely seen.

Another couple is in the thick of wedding planning. They are choosing menu items and completing guest lists. The dress is waiting; the tux is waiting, and they have been fighting about everything.

If any of these statements seem true to you, check out this 2 Become 1 Marriage and Marriage Prep retreat at Mount Angel Abbey.

This retreat is a response to prayer. I asked God what he wanted, what was the message. The response I heard was to share the Truth, Goodness, and Beauty of his Church. The message was to remind couples they are not alone in their walk of holy matrimony, that a sacrament has God at the center and he wants to be invited.

The first question for me was Lord, how do I show them your beauty, where do I begin. God has given us beauty, nature, art, music, prayer, and Mount Angel Abbey is a place where you can experience them all. Then there is truth. We have to share the truth with one another. We have learned what makes marriages last and thrive, and the addition of attachment theory over the past 15 years helps us to understand why. This retreat will offer the truth about human relationships and the sacredness of marriage. Finally, we have goodness, found in the hidden life of families, and monks. The monks spend hours in prayer for our souls, for the conversion of hearts, and asking for the mercy of God the Father. Families spend hours in prayer, training and raising up souls, and offering one another mercy and forgiveness. Come and encounter truth, goodness, and beauty at Mount Angel Abbey.

The retreat includes two tracks, one for engaged couples, and one for married couples. The retreat fee includes meals, and lodging in the new guesthouse. You will listen to talks by Fr. Matt Libra, Br. Louis Nguyen, OSB, theologian Lynda Olsen, and counselor Patricia Mackie. The weekend will offer you ample time to sit in silence with one another and pray. Come and experience Benedictine hospitality.

– Patricia Mackie

Visit Every Day Counseling website for more information.

Monastic Spirituality:
Overcoming the 8 Evil Thoughts

Fr. John Paul Le, O.S.B.
June 16-18, 2023

Monastic Spirituality:
Overcoming the 8 Evil Thoughts

A silent retreat directed by Fr. John Paul Le, O.S.B.
June 16-18, 2023

Sin and vice begin with the thoughts. This retreat will explore the 8 Evil Thoughts and how to overcome them according to St. John Cassian. The thoughts are gluttony, lust, avarice, anger, acedia, sadness, vainglory, and pride.

Fr. John Paul Le, O.S.B., has been a monk of Mount Angel Abbey for 13 years. Along with his various assignments, he teaches Monastic Sources at Mount Angel Seminary and to the novices (new monks) in the monastery.

Cost:
$350 Single

Registration: Please email for information and double occupancy rate.

FRIDAY
2-5:00 pm Registration
5 :00 pm Orientation to the Divine Office (Abbey church vestibule)
5:15 pm Vespers followed by Adoration
6:00 pm Dinner with talking
7:25 pm Compline
8:00 pm Welcome Orientation & Conference (Engelberg Room)
SATURDAY
5:20 am Vigils (optional)
6:25 am Lauds (optional)
7 am Breakfast
8 am Mass
10:30 am Conference
11:55 am Noon Prayer
12:15 pm Lunch
(with table reading)
2:30 pm Conference
4:00 pm Sacrament of Reconciliation (available)
5:15 pm Vespers
6:00 pm Dinner
(with table reading followed by Q&A)
7:25 pm Vigils of Sunday
SUNDAY
6:35 am Lauds
7:30 am Breakfast
9 am Mass
10:30 am Conference
Noon Noon Prayer
12:15 pm Lunch with talking & end of Retreat

True Devotion to Mary:"Walking with Mary"
Br. Louis de Montfort, O.S.B.
August 11–13, 2023

True Devotion to Mary:
“Walking with Mary”

with Br. Louis de Montfort, O.S.B.
August 11–13, 2023

A spiritual and contemplative retreat centered on growing in devotion and love for our Blessed Mother, the ever-virgin Mary, who leads us faithfully to her Son and Lord, Jesus Christ. Mary, according to the teachings of St. Louis de Montfort Grignon, is the shortest, safest and most secure path to Jesus Christ. With a deep and contemplative gaze of the life of Mary in the Gospel, we will walk with Mary from Nazareth to the foot of the Cross on Calvary, encountering the fullness of her humanity, her struggles, trials, hopes, joys, sorrows, profound faith and love. This journey will illuminate the scriptural truth about Mary, the first and most faithful disciples. In entering the Mystery of Mary, the Blessed Virgin Mother will help us enter the deeper Mystery of her Son Jesus Christ. When one is able to trust, surrender to and love Mary as own Mother, we are fulfilling God’s Will: “Son behold your Mother.” True devotion to Mary is the beginning and realization of God’s kingdom, the new creation, the new Israel, God’s family.

Br. Louis de Montfort Nguyen, O.S.B., is monk of Mount Angel Abbey since 2011. He serves as the Director of Spiritual Ministries at the Guesthouse and organizes and leads retreats, offer spiritual direction, and other ministries. He serves in other capacities including the monastery infirmarian, science adjunct professor specializing in the field of “science and faith,” and a trained physician. One of his deepest devotions is to the Blessed Virgin Mary, which began after he discovered the book “True Devotion to Mary” by St. Louis de Montfort. More recently in the last several years, he has also been graced with a devotion to and love for St. Joseph.

Recommended Readings:

  • Walking with Mary, by Edward Sri
  • True Devotion to Mary, by St. Louis de Montfort
  • Mary in the Mystery of the Covenant, by Ignace de la Potterie
  • Jesus and the Jewish Roots of Mary, by Brant Pitre

Cost: $350 Single
Email retreat@mtangel.edu for availability and double occupancy rate.

Friday
3-5 pm Registration
5 pm Orientation to the Divine Office (Abbey church vestibule)
7 pm Welcome Orientation followed by Compline
Saturday
8 am Eucharistic Sacrifice of the Mass
9:15 am Conference
10:30 am Conference
12:15 pm Lunch (with table reading)
2:45 pm Conference
4 pm Sacrament of Reconciliation
6 pm Dinner (with table reading)
8:30 pm Rosary
Sunday
7:30 am Breakfast
9 am Eucharistic Sacrifice of the Mass
10:30 am Conference
12:15 pm Lunch & end of Retreat

Ignatian Silent Retreat: The Web of Sin and the Response of Jesus
August 21–25, 2023

Ignatian Silent Retreat

with Bill Zuelke and a team of Spiritual Directors
August 21–25, 2023

I cannot understand my own behavior, I fail to carry out the things I want to do, and I find myself doing the very things I hate. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body doomed to death? Thanks be to God through Christ Jesus our Lord!” (Romans 7:15,24).

During this three-day silent Ignatian retreat we will do a deep dive into the section of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius (called the first week) that draws us deeply into an awareness of the web of sin that surrounds us, our own personal sin and the response of Jesus to this reality. We will focus on special meditations written by St. Ignatius to guide us in this prayer.

Day One: The Web of Sin
Day Two: Our Sin
Day Three: The Call of the King

We will start each day with a reflection on the theme of the day. You will be invited to spend three one-hour periods in focused prayer on the material and you will have a chance to meet with a private retreat director. Each evening will be an opportunity to share the graces of the day and receive points to guide your next day’s prayer. The retreat will be in silence, with reading during meals. You will have the opportunity for daily mass and prayer with the monks should you choose that.

Retreat Master: Bill Zuelke is a spiritual director, life coach, and an associate staff member of Soul Formation. He provides spiritual direction, adult education, retreats, workshops, supervision, and consultations. He is trained in Jesuit spirituality and discernment of spirits and has been providing individual spiritual direction, private and group retreats, and assistance with personal and corporate discernment for over 35 years. He will work alongside a team of spiritual directors who will be available for one-on-one spiritual directions.

Cost: $800 Single
Email retreat@mtangel.edu for availability.

MONDAY
3-5:00 pm Registration
5:15 pm Vespers
7:00 pm Welcome Orientation
TUESDAY–THURSDAY
8:00 am Mass
9:00 am Morning Conference
Morning & Afternoon Spiritual direction available daily
7:00 pm Communal prayer sharing and presentation of material for next day’s prayer
FRIDAY
8:00 am Mass
9:00 am Conference

End of retreat and check-out after the morning conference.

2 Become 1 – A Retreat to Explore the Beauty and Truth of Catholic Marriage
Fr. Matt Libra, Patricia Mackie, LPC, Br. Louis de Montfort, O.S.B.
September 1-3, 2023

2 Become 1
A Retreat to Explore the Beauty
and Truth of Catholic Marriage

for Married and Engaged Couples, Co-Sponsored by Mount Angel Abbey and the Archdiocese of Portland

Features Fr. Matt Libra, Patricia Mackie, LPC, Br. Louis de Montfort, O.S.B., and your marriage!

September 1-3, 2023

A retreat from the hustle and bustle of life to focus on your one true vocation, the vocation of marriage. For engaged and married couples, this weekend will offer you opportunities to pray together, learn together, play together, and grow together. God has created this sacred sacrament and called you to it. On this weekend you will be invited to discern your current state of life, and listen and respond to God’s call and invitation to allow him into this Holy calling. This weekend is focused on learning how to respond to God’s call to marital holiness, you will review a personalized inventory of your relationship, and have quiet moments for prayer, reflection, and discussion.

This weekend qualifies for Marriage Preparation for the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon. Check with your individual parish for specific requirements.

Cost: $550 – Couple (includes room and board for 2 nights, meals, and speaker fees)

For registration, email retreat@mtangel.edu.

Friday
1-2:30 pm Registration
2:30 pm Orientation
3 pm Conference
(Keynote with Fr. Matt Libra on Theology of the Body & The Sacrament of Marriage)
5:15 pm Vespers followed by Adoration
6 pm Dinner
7:25 pm Compline
SATURDAY
5:20 am Vigils (optional)
6:25 am Lauds (optional)
7 am Breakfast
8 am Mass
9:15-10 am Conference (Prepare & Enrich)
10:30 am Conference (Skills for a Lifetime of Love)
12 pm Noon Prayer
12:15 pm Lunch
2:30 pm Conference (Married Sexual Intimacy)
5:15 pm Vespers
6 pm Dinner
7:25 pm Social Hour at the Brewery
SUNDAY
6:35 am Lauds
7:30 am Breakfast
9 am Mass
10:30 am Conference (Living Your Spirituality)
11:15 am Small Group Discussion
12 pm Noon Prayer
12:15 pm Lunch & End of Retreat
2 Become 1

A couple rushes out the door hurrying to finish dishes and shuttle children to sports, the husband rushes one way, while the wife dashes the other. They return home tired, collapse on the couch, turn on the TV, scroll through social media, or return to their phone to complete one more to do item. They cannot recall the last time they actually shared an intimate evening, bared their soul to one another, and felt completely seen.

Another couple is in the thick of wedding planning. They are choosing menu items and completing guest lists. The dress is waiting; the tux is waiting, and they have been fighting about everything.

If any of these statements seem true to you, check out this 2 Become 1 Marriage and Marriage Prep retreat at Mount Angel Abbey.

This retreat is a response to prayer. I asked God what he wanted, what was the message. The response I heard was to share the Truth, Goodness, and Beauty of his Church. The message was to remind couples they are not alone in their walk of holy matrimony, that a sacrament has God at the center and he wants to be invited.

The first question for me was Lord, how do I show them your beauty, where do I begin. God has given us beauty, nature, art, music, prayer, and Mount Angel Abbey is a place where you can experience them all. Then there is truth. We have to share the truth with one another. We have learned what makes marriages last and thrive, and the addition of attachment theory over the past 15 years helps us to understand why. This retreat will offer the truth about human relationships and the sacredness of marriage. Finally, we have goodness, found in the hidden life of families, and monks. The monks spend hours in prayer for our souls, for the conversion of hearts, and asking for the mercy of God the Father. Families spend hours in prayer, training and raising up souls, and offering one another mercy and forgiveness. Come and encounter truth, goodness, and beauty at Mount Angel Abbey.

The retreat includes two tracks, one for engaged couples, and one for married couples. The retreat fee includes meals, and lodging in the new guesthouse. You will listen to talks by Fr. Matt Libra, Br. Louis Nguyen, OSB, theologian Lynda Olsen, and counselor Patricia Mackie. The weekend will offer you ample time to sit in silence with one another and pray. Come and experience Benedictine hospitality.

– Patricia Mackie

Visit Every Day Counseling website for more information.

Women’s Retreat-Mary as the Model of Perfect Christian Womanhood
Christin McIntyre, MD, Ph.D.
October 27–29, 2023

Women’s Retreat-Mary as the Model of Perfect Christian Womanhood

with Christin McIntyre, MD, Ph.D.
October 27–23

Cost: $350 Single
Email retreat@mtangel.edu for availability and double occupancy rate.

Abbey Advent Retreat - silent retreat
Abbot Peter Eberle, O.S.B.
December 1–3, 2023

Abbey Advent Retreat

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

December 1–3, 2023

Cost: $350 Single
Email retreat@mtangel.edu for availability and double occupancy rate.

For more information on any retreat, please email us at retreat@mtangel.edu and include your name, address, phone number, proposed dates for your retreat, and any special needs. We will get back to you by email to finalize arrangements and then call you for the $50.00 non-refundable/non-transferable deposit to hold the reservation.  Full payment upon arrival is required and appreciated.

Please note: the price for sponsored retreats is based on current costs for overnight stays, meals, the stipend for presenters, and any handouts. The price for an individual or private retreat includes overnight stay and meals. Because of inflation, the price for any retreat scheduled after January of 2023 is an estimate. We reserve the right to increase our prices as needed. You will be notified with an updated booking document if there is a change of price to your retreat. Thank you for your understanding.

If you are interested in making one of the Abbey Sponsored and Co-Sponsored retreats but find the cost prohibitive, please let us know. There is a limited amount of financial assistance available.

Non-Abbey Sponsored Retreats at the Guesthouse

Please check back soon for information about 2023 retreats!

Oblate Retreats

(Retreats are limited to oblates and those interested in becoming oblates.)

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, or if you are in need of financial assistance, please email Ariel Lynch, Associate Director of Oblates.

To register for a retreat, email retreat@mtangel.edu.

(Please note: All weekend retreats begin with Vespers on Friday at 5:15 and end with lunch on Sunday.)

Cost:
$220 Single
$330 Couple
$115 Commuter per person


September 23-25: Praying the Psalms: Living in the Divine Current

Oblate Retreat led by Fr. John Paul Le, O.S.B.


November 4-6: Praying Deeply: the Liturgy as the Marriage of Heaven and Earth

Oblate Retreat led by Br. Louis Nguyen, O.S.B.


February 3-5, 2023: Oblate Retreat led by Fr. Andrew Schwenke, O.S.B.


May 19-21, 2023: Oblate Retreat led by Br. Ignatius Olivarez, O.S.B.


September 22-24, 2023: Oblate Retreat led by Fr. Michael Shrum, O.S.B.


November 10-12, 2023: Br. Jesse Ochoa, O.S.B.