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Benedictine Monks - Mary Mother of the Church Abbey

About Us

At Mary, Mother of the Church Abbey, we believe that each person is called by God to a unique path of service and devotion. Whether you're discerning a vocation to the priesthood, religious life, or simply seeking spiritual growth, our community is here to support you every step of the way.

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Located in the serene surroundings of Richmond, Virginia, Mary, Mother of the Church Abbey invites you to embark on a journey of discovery and discernment. As a Benedictine monastery rooted in tradition and prayer, we offer a welcoming community where individuals can explore their call to religious life.

Discover Your Vocation

At Mary, Mother of the Church Abbey, we believe that each person is called by God to a unique path of service and devotion. Whether you're discerning a vocation to the priesthood, religious life, or simply seeking spiritual growth, our community is here to support you every step of the way.

Our vocation director is available to answer your questions, arrange virtual conversations, or schedule in-person visits to our abbey. We encourage you to reach out and explore the possibilities that await you.

The Benedictine Way

The Benedictine Order has a rich history of prayer, work, and contemplation that spans over 1,500 years. At Mary, Mother of the Church Abbey, we embrace the Benedictine way of life as a guide for our community. Through prayerful devotion and meaningful service, we seek to live out the values of hospitality, obedience, and stability that define Benedictine spirituality.

Join Our Community

Meet the Richmond Monks who call Mary, Mother of the Church Abbey home. Our diverse community includes members from various backgrounds and experiences, united in brotherhood under the Rule of Saint Benedict. Together, we serve the local community through ministries such as Benedictine College Preparatory School and parish outreach in the Diocese of Richmond.

Upcoming Events and Support

Stay connected with Mary, Mother of the Church Abbey by supporting our ministries and upcoming events. Your generosity helps us continue our mission of serving others and fostering spiritual growth in our community. Join us as we strive to make a difference in the lives of those we serve.

The Five Stages of Formation

Entering religious life is a journey of exploration and discernment. At Mary, Mother of the Church Abbey, we offer an in-depth process of formation to help individuals immerse themselves in our community and discern their calling. From pre-candidacy to solemn vows, each stage of formation is designed to nurture and support individuals on their path to becoming Benedictine monks.

Our History and Heritage

Discover the rich history of Mary, Mother of the Church Abbey, from its humble beginnings to its growth and expansion over the years. Learn about our founding monks, our educational initiatives, and the vision that guides us as we continue to serve the needs of our community.

Contact Us Today

Ready to explore your vocation or learn more about life at Mary, Mother of the Church Abbey? Reach out to our community today. Whether you're interested in scheduling a visit or simply have questions about Benedictine life, we're here to help you discover the path that God has in store for you.

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