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.

Please note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Abbey church will be open for private prayer only during the day and the Guesthouse and Retreat Center is only open for registered guests. Please click here for updates.

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

2021 Abbey Sponsored & Co-Sponsored Retreats

The guesthouse is open with limited occupancy and in accord with the guidelines of Oregon State and local health authorities for the COVID-19 pandemic. Please email the retreat master or call 503.845.3025 for further information.

A Father’s Love:
The Passion, Cross & St. Joseph
(True Devotion to St. Joseph Retreat)

Br. Louis de Montfort Nguyen, O.S.B.
June 28 – July 1, 2021

A Father’s Love:
The Passion, Cross & St. Joseph
(True Devotion to St. Joseph Retreat)

with Br. Louis de Montfort Nguyen, O.S.B.

June 28 – July 1, 2021

Description: A biblical and spiritual journey into a father’s heart (St. Joseph) and the love for his only beloved Son and Lord. This fatherly love far surpasses the love of any other saint and is manifested by the depth of his sufferings and sorrows. His whole life was a preparation for and a participation in the Passion and Cross of his son Jesus Christ. St. Peter Julian Eymard expresses this truth, stating: “St. Joseph’s Calvary lasted thirty years with no respite whatsoever. When he was honored with the dignity of the father of Jesus Christ, the Cross was set up in his heart and he labored in its shadow for the rest of his life.” Through St. Joseph’s love for his Son Jesus, a marvelous revelation of the heavenly Father occurs. Jesus’ work of revealing the Father to the world is perfected and fulfilled through St. Joseph, so that we too can cry out, “Abba, Father.” May this journey lead one to a true devotion and love for our spiritual father St. Joseph.

Recommended readings:

  1. Consecration to St. Joseph” by Fr. Donald Calloway
  2. St. Joseph as the Shadow of the Father” by Andrew Doze
  3. The Life and Glories of St. Joseph” by Edward Thomas Healy

Cost:
$325 Single
$538 Double
$142 Commuter

For registration, please email for information and availability, or call 503.845.3025.

MONDAY
2-5 pm Registration
Welcome Conference (Engelberg Room)
TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY
8 am Mass
Daily Conferences
Sacrament of Reconciliation
THURSDAY
8 am Mass
Conference
Lunch & End of Retreat

Prayer and Work - Learning to Live and Walk with God: An introduction to Benedictine Monastic Spirituality
July 30 – August 1, 2021

“ORA et LABORA” Prayer and Work – Learning to Live and Walk with God.
An Introduction to Benedictine Monastic Spirituality

with Br. Louis de Montfort, O.S.B. & Br. Charles Gonzalez, O.S.B.

July 30 – August 1, 2021

This is a weekend of prayer with the monks of Mount Angel Abbey, and a time of leisure and study while residing in the monastery guesthouse. Conferences will explore classic themes of monastic spirituality such as silence, obedience, and prayer, simplicity of life, and stability of relationship. All are welcome –those who are new to Christian monastic spirituality, and those who would like to refresh their own spiritual practices.

Cost:
$262 Single
$420 Couple
$102 Commuter (meals and conferences)

For registration, please email for information and availability, or call 503.845.3025.

True Devotion to Mary
Br. Louis de Montfort Nguyen, O.S.B.
August 13 – 15, 2021

True Devotion to Mary:
The Shortest, Surest and Most Secure Path to Jesus According to the Teachings of St. Louis de Monfort

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

August 13 – 15, 2021

Description: A spiritual and contemplative journey into the heart of the teachings of St. Louis de Montfort’s Marian teachings, one of the most definitive and decisive of all time. His writing, “True Devotion to Mary,” is a spiritual masterpiece, revealing the glories of the Mother of God and how Mary is central to God’s plan for salvation. Mary is intimately associated with her Divine Son for all of eternity. Being the Mother of God, she is also the Mother of the Mystical Body of Christ; hence, the Mother of all Christians. Behold Thy Mother: grow to honor and love this wonderful, God-given Mother.

Cost:
$262 Single
$420 Couple
$102 Commuter (meals and conferences)

For registration, please email for information and availability, or call 503.845.3025.

FRIDAY
2-5:00 pm Registration
5 :00 pm Orientation to the Divine Office (Abbey church vestibule)
8:00 pm Welcome Orientation (Engelberg Conference)
SATURDAY
8 am Mass
9:15 am Conference
10:30 am Conference
2:30 pm Conference
4pm Sacrament of Reconciliation
SUNDAY
9 am Mass
10:30 am Conference

Ignatian Silent Retreat
August 23 – 27, 2021

Ignatian Silent Retreat

A silent retreat with Bill Zuelke

August 23 – 27, 2021

This is a guided Ignatian silent retreat with daily conferences and one-on-one spiritual direction. There will be opportunities to join the Benedictine monks for the Divine Office and Liturgy.

Guest speaker: 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 for churches, social agencies, and individuals through his private practice.

Bill has a degree in philosophy from Gonzaga University (1976) an M.Div. from Boston College (1981) and an M.S. in pastoral counseling from Loyola University, Baltimore (1985). He is trained in Jesuit spirituality and discernment of spirits and has provided individual spiritual direction, private and group retreats, and assistance with personal and corporate discernment for over 35 years. He has been involved in higher education as campus minister, counselor, student services director, and Dean for 40 years. He has been involved in training people in the art of spiritual direction and worked with faculties at Mount Angel Abbey, Western Evangelical Seminary, George Fox University, and training programs run by Namaste’, Franciscan Spirituality Center, and Soul Formation.

Bill has worked as a Licensed Professional Counselor, a trained supervisor, and a certified Life Coach. He presently maintains a private practice, primarily personal spiritual direction, private retreat direction, and supervision for spiritual directors.

Cost: $526 – Single (includes room and board for 4 nights, meals, and speaker fees)

For registration, please email for information and availability, or call 503.845.3025.

  • Time will be scheduled daily for one-on-one spiritual direction.
Monday
2:00 to 5:00 pm Registration
5:00 pm Orientation to the Divine Office (Abbey church vestibule)
8:00 pm Welcome Orientation (Engelberg Conference)
Tuesday – Thursday
8 am Mass
Morning Conference
Afternoon Conference
Friday
Checkout After lunch

St. Joseph Advent Retreat – Journeying to Bethlehem with St. Joseph
November 19 – 21, 2021

Advent Retreat –
Journeying to Bethlehem
with St. Joseph

Br. Louis de Montfort Nguyen, O.S.B.

November 19 – 21, 2021

This retreat is a spiritual and contemplative journey to Bethlehem and the heart of the Mystery of the Incarnation. Accompanied by St. Joseph, this retreat will reflect on St. Joseph’s central role in the Incarnation, the Annunciation and fiat of St. Joseph, and his essential role as the virginal father of the Lord and virginal spouse of the Mother of God. May this journey lead each soul to true devotion and love for our spiritual father St. Joseph and pave the way for a true consecration to him.

Recommended readings:
Consecration to St. Joseph, by Fr. Donald Calloway
St. Joseph as the Shadow of the Father, by Andrew Doze
The Life and Glories of St. Joseph, by Edward Thomas Healy

Cost:
$262 Single
$420 Couple
$102 Commuter (meals and conferences)

For registration, please email for information and availability, or call 503.845.3025.

monday
2:00 to 5:00 pm Registration
5:00 pm Orientation to the Divine Office (Abbey church vestibule)
8:00 pm Welcome Orientation (Engelberg Conference)
TUESDAY
8 am Mass in the Abbey church
9:15 to 10 am Conference
10:30 am Conference
2:30 pm Conference
4:00 pm Sacrament of Reconciliation
wednesday
9 am Mass in the Abbey church
10:30 am Conference

2 Become 1 – A Retreat to Explore the Beauty and Truth of Catholic Marriage
December 10 – 12, 2021 or April 29 – May 1, 2022

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, Lynda Olsen, Patricia Mackie, LPC, and your marriage!

December 10 – 12, 2021 or April 29 – May 1, 2022

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 Western Oregon. Check with your individual parish for specific requirements.

Cost: $525 – Couple (includes room and board for 2 nights, meals, and speaker fees)

For registration, please click here or email patricia@everydaycounselingpdx.com for more information.

Friday
1 to 2:30 pm Registration
2:30 pm Orientation
3:00 pm Conference
(Keynote w/ Fr. Matt Libra on Theology of the Body & The Sacrament of Marriage)
5:15 pm Vespers followed by Adoration
6:00 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 to 10 am Conference (Prepare & Enrich)
10:30 am Conference (Skills for a Lifetime of Love)
11:55 am 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
Noon   Noon Prayer
12:15 pm Lunch & End of Retreat

 2021 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.


July 6–9: Study Days  (4 nights with meals) Given by Dr. Owen Cummings, Regents’ Chair of Theology at Mount Angel Seminary
($368 single / $596 double occupancy / $96 commuter)

July 9–11: (Cancelled) Festival Weekend
The weekend retreat has been cancelled this year. Please join us online for the Virtual St. Benedict Festival on Sunday, July 11 at 4 pm.

August 9–13: Monastic Living Retreat
September 24–26: Oblate Retreat led by Abbot Peter Eberle, O.S.B.
November 5–7: Oblate Retreat led by Br. Cyril Drnjevic, O.S.B.