Nestled in the northern foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, St. Andrew’s Abbey lies on the edge of the Mojave Desert at an altitude of 3,600 feet. Here the seasons are experienced in dramatic fashion. Summers are hot and dry with temperatures reaching into the 100s; winter days are generally sunny, while nighttime temperatures often dip well below freezing. Spring offers glorious blooming trees and flowers; autumn, spectacular color changes. Visitors will find a special beauty in the high desert in each and every season.
St. Andrew’s Abbey is a Roman Catholic Benedictine Monastery. Named for its motherhouse in Brugge, Belgium, it was established in 1955 by several missionary monks who had been expelled from China. The founding members bought the Hidden Springs Ranch in Valyermo, California and transformed it into a spiritual oasis that has served Southern California and beyond for over fifty years. Today St. Andrew’s is home to twenty monks.
With a special emphasis on hospitality, the monastic community welcomes people of all faiths or none to enjoy the peace, silence, and rhythm of their life as they follow the Rule of St. Benedict. You are invited to join the monks for the singing of the Divine Office and daily celebration of the Eucharist. Spiritual counseling and direction and the Sacrament of Reconciliation are available upon request. You are also welcome to visit Abbey Books & Gifts and (Monday through Thursday) the Arts & Crafts Center where the Abbey’s ceramics are made, or simply walk or sit and enjoy the beautiful (and, at some 2,000 acres, extensive) grounds.
The Guest House provides accommodations for overnight guests participating in both directed and private retreats.
The Youth Center has served as a place of retreat, prayer, and inspiration in the high desert since 1966. Here young people experience the difference peace and quiet can make in their lives. There are acres of trails for hiking and for moderate athletic experiences. Dorm-style sleeping quarters are available for students and separate accommodations for adult leaders.
The Welcome Center opened in spring 2008. This beautiful facility houses the Conference Center, which can accommodate day groups, and Abbey Books & Gifts, which, in addition to an excellent selection of books and religious articles, sells our signature ceramic saints and angels.