Our response to COVID-19

If you are planning to come to Mount Angel in the near future, please check this page for updates to our regular schedule.
At this time, following state and local health authority guidelines, face masks are required for individuals age 5 and older in all public buildings.

For general questions not answered on the website, please email or call 503.845.3030.
If you have reservations for the Saint Benedict Guesthouse and Retreat Centerplease email or call 503.845.3025 for updates, questions or concerns.
Current hours of operation or closures for the Abbey facilities are listed at the bottom of this page. 

Abbot Jeremy Driscoll, O.S.B.(Updated November 24, 2021)

Dear friends,

It isn’t easy to look back and realize that more than 18 months have passed since the first cases of COVID-19 were reported in the State of Oregon. Those cases were quickly followed by the restrictions and closures of facilities which became all too familiar.

I won’t say that we became “used to” living with the pandemic as that implies some normalcy to the situation, and I am reluctant to acknowledge that. But even as we continue to mourn the immense loss of life, livelihood, and so much else, we see hope on the horizon. The wide availability of vaccines is encouraging. Reports show the spread of the virus is slowing, and many restrictions are lifting in Oregon.

We are happy to say that the Abbey churchbookstore, library, and museum are now open. (The hours and days open are listed below.) The Saint Benedict Guesthouse and Retreat Center is open for group and individual retreats. In all our public indoor spaces, we will continue to follow the guidelines of Marion County and the Oregon Health Authority for the duration of the pandemic. The State of Oregon once again requires face masks be worn in all indoor public spaces. More about the guidelines can be found here.

Please know we monks continue to pray for the sick, the dying, healthcare workers, and all who have been negatively affected by the pandemic. I produced short, weekly videos for more than 18 months in response to the virus. They were a way to keep in touch and share messages of hope and inspiration. You can find them online for replay and sharing with friends.

Please join us in seeking out the blessings hidden within this genuinely challenging time. It is a global crisis, but one in which we may yet find new depths in our faith and trust in the love of Christ.

Peace to you,
Abbot Jeremy Driscoll, O.S.B.

Please note: Because keeping our monks, staff and guests safe is our highest priority and essential to our remaining open to all who come, we are following the guidelines from the State of Oregon for Marion County for reopening.

Adjusted hours as of November 10, 2021

(Please check back often for updates or additional changes to our normal hours of operation. Holiday hours are posted here.)

Pray for us, loving mother.Holy Virgin of Guadalupe, Queen of the Angels and Mother of the Americas. We fly to you today as your beloved children. We ask you to intercede for us with your Son, as you did at the wedding in Cana.

Pray for us, loving Mother, and gain for our nation and world, and for all our families and loved ones, the protection of your holy angels, that we may be spared the worst of this illness.

For those already afflicted, we ask you to obtain the grace of healing and deliverance. Hear the cries of those who are vulnerable and fearful, wipe away their tears and help them to trust.

In this time of trial and testing, teach all of us in the Church to love one another and to be patient and kind. Help us to bring the peace of Jesus to our land and to our hearts.

We come to you with confidence, knowing that you truly are our compassionate mother, health of the sick and cause of our joy.

Shelter us under the mantle of your protection, keep us in the embrace of your arms, help us always to know the love of your Son, Jesus. Amen.

Please send us your prayer intentions during this very difficult time for our nation and the world.