Saint Benedict Abbey is a Roman Catholic monastery located in the village of Still River, Massachusetts. The monks have dedicated themselves to live their Catholic Faith through prayer, work and study. We are consecrated by monastic vows to God and united as a family to each other and under an abbot.
Saint Benedict remarks in his Rule for Monks that “Guests are never lacking in a monastery.” Hospitality has been a long-standing tradition here at Saint Benedict’s—even back to it days in Cambridge, Massachusetts when they hosted spaghetti dinners for hungry college students.
Today more than ever, people are hungry for spiritual things. Sadly, many do not know where to look. Even though a lot of people are taking some bizarre routes to attain a transcendent experience, we believe that that yearning represents a God-given desire for God which the Creator has placed in every human heart.
We do not give “directed” retreats, but rather we invite our guests to participate in our own monastic schedule to whatever extent they desire. Seven times each weekday, and four times each Sunday, then monks gather in chapel for common prayer (view our Prayer schedule). Matins & Lauds, Community Mass, Meditation, Noon Prayer, Rosary, Vespers and Compline—most of which is sung in Gregorian Chant and all of which is open to guests. The Guest House, which can accommodate nearly 70 people, is available all year to individuals, families and groups.