The Mount Angel Institute
at Mount Angel Abbey
The Benedictine Community of Mount Angel welcomes you!
Mount Angel Abbey is a community of Benedictine monks who came to a hilltop in Oregon’s Willamette Valley in 1882 to seek God, guided by ancient monastic practices. Today, the community continues to serve the spiritual needs of western Oregon and beyond through the parish church of St. Mary’s, a seminary (founded in 1889), a guesthouse, and other works that welcome all visitors and guests in the spirit of Benedictine hospitality.
The Abbey church, where the Divine Office and Mass are celebrated daily by the monks, is open to the public, and all are welcome to join the monks in prayer.
The mission of The Mount Angel Institute at Mount Angel Abbey is to share the rich ways of Mount Angel’s monastic life with Church and world.
The Rich Ways of Benedictine life at Mount Angel
For 1,500 years, the Rule of St. Benedict has recommended a balanced life of work and prayer that has built up a civilization of peace and communion in monasteries around the world. Certain practices, or “rich ways” of living, have sustained Benedictine monastic life and attracted others to practice them daily.
Learn more about the seven rich ways of life at Mount Angel in our video, Life Lived Abundantly, Benedictine Wisdom from Mount Angel Abbey.
Rich Ways of Prayer
The monks gather for the public celebration of daily Mass and the chanting of the Divine Office five times each day. This work of God (opus Dei), to which St. Benedict assigns supreme importance, shows the Church always at prayer, seeking communion with God and keeping it alive in the heart throughout the day.
Rich Ways of Life Together
The Rule of St. Benedict outlines habits and attitudes that monks ought to cultivate toward each other with humility and charity, “each trying to be the first to show respect for the other” (RB 72). In this, they model a way of living that can enrich the lives of all people.
Rich Ways of Deep Reading
Monks spend several hours each day engaging in slow, prayerful reading of the Scriptures and various other subjects. This disciplined practice, traditionally known as lectio divina, enacts their commitment to hearken to the revelatory power of the written and incarnate Word.
Rich Ways of Life Centered on the Eucharist
Monastic life is centered on the daily celebration of the Eucharistic liturgy and draws its life from it. The monks are committed to celebrating the liturgy beautifully and reverently, so that the visible signs may help serve a deeper, active participation in the invisible mysteries of God.
Rich Ways of Hospitality
St. Benedict tells his monks that “all guests who arrive shall be received as Christ” (RB 53). This spiritual intuition, that Christ himself is present in the person of the guest, undergirds the monastery’s unconditional welcome of all guests and its reverence for them.
Rich Ways of Promoting Arts & Culture
Praying and pondering the Christian mysteries, the monks of Mount Angel nurture and promote a transformative way of seeing humanity through the arts and the cultivation of a culture centered on the good news of Christ.
Rich Ways of Caring for the Land & Environment
The monks make a vow of stability to a particular community in a particular place. This continually prompts their commitment to stewardship of the portion of God’s creation entrusted to them.
Encountering the Rich Ways
Mount Angel Abbey has a number of “touchpoints” or gateways outside the cloister for encountering and sharing the rich ways lived by the monks. Each touchpoint offers programs and places for guests and students to gather in a context of hospitality, peace, and stability, characteristic of the Benedictine way of life for over 1,500 years.
There are many ways to participate in the rich spiritual life of Mount Angel Abbey. Each year we have regular programs and events open to the public. Please see the Mount Angel Institute Programs & Events calendar page to see what is currently scheduled.
We also offer programs of renewal and sabbatical for bishops, priests, and deacons. Please contact the guest master at Saint Benedict Guesthouse and Retreat Center for information.
We welcome you!
The mission of all that the Mount Angel Institute offers is to share the rich ways of Mount Angel’s Benedictine monastic life with Church and World. If you would like more information, please contact Br. Anselm Flores, O.S.B., the program coordinator for the Institute, at email@example.com