What will the new Retreat Center offer?
Mount Angel’s original retreat house was built in 1959 to offer retreats to single men. Today, the center’s cramped spaces simply don’t meet the needs of group and individual retreats, tours, day visitors, couples, clergy, bishops and the families of monks and seminarians – who sometimes arrive all at once!
The new Saint Benedict Guesthouse and Retreat Center will transform the building’s exterior and interior, always reflecting Benedictine values of order, simplicity, and beauty. The architect's rendering above shows how the renovated parking level lobby will lead to the garden terrace and open to the dining room, at the right. To the left, guests will find the registration desk, hospitality room and reflecting pool. A grand, open staircase will connect the existing and new structures.
When completed, the expansion plans will allow many more guests to encounter Christ in the retreat center! The building will offer versatile spaces – such as dedicated areas for hospitality and contemplation – and tech-equipped meeting rooms with the infrastructure needed to offer a simple and comfortable retreat.
Retreat center guests will be supported by ADA accessibility, building code and life safety improvements throughout the facility. Just as important, they will enter a spiritual haven, with expanded retreat program offerings and opportunities for spiritual direction, graced by artwork that reflects Benedictine spirituality.