Saint Mary’s Abbey is the first monastery of Cistercian Nuns in the United States. Located in scenic New England in southern Massachusetts close to the Rhode Island border the Abbey is easily acessible from Boston or Providence. The sisters come from all parts of the United States and from several other countries.
The first sisters arrived in 1949 from St. Mary’s Abbey (Glencairn, Ireland).The community grew rapidly and in 1964 the first foundation was made in Dubuque, Iowa. Our Lady of the Mississippi was followed by Santa Rita Abbey , Sonoita, Arizona in 1972 and Our Lady of the Angels, Crozet, Virginia in 1987.Today that first generation is passing into the mature years, the golden years that crown a lifetime of fidelity. At present there are 44 sisters at Wrentham.
We are happy to offer hospitality to those who wish to come to share the Monastic atmosphere of Mount Saint Mary’s Abbey and environment. We provide two retreat houses for private retreats for individuals or groups. Retreatants may attend any of the Abbey liturgy including the daily Eucharistic Celebration, and are welcome to pray quietly in our Abbey Church at any time between 6 am and 7:30 pm.