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HOMILY: Second Sunday of Advent

Br. Samuel Springuel
December 9, 2018
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HOMILY: Second Sunday of Advent

Fr. Boniface Von Nell
December 9, 2018
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NEWS: In Memory of Abbot Aidan Shea

December 3, 2018
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HOMILY: First Sunday of Advent

Fr. Philip Simo
December 2, 2018
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HOMILY: Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Fr. Michael Hall
November 25, 2018
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HOMILY: Thirty-Third Sunday of the Year

Fr. Christopher Wyvill
November 18, 2018
At the Cathedral of St. Matthew
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HOMILY: Thirty-Second Sunday of the Year

Fr. Christopher Wyvill
November 11, 2018
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HOMILY: Thirty-Second Sunday of the Year

Br. Samuel Springuel
at St. Anthony of Padua
November 11, 2018
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NEWS: Oblate Sunday

November 4, 2018
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HOMILY: Thirty-First Sunday of the Year

Fr. Joseph Jensen
November 4, 2018
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HOMILY: The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed

Fr. Michael Hall
November 2, 2018
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HOMILY: The Solemnity of All Saints

Abbot James Wiseman
November 1, 2018
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HOMILY: Thirtieth Sunday of the Year

Fr. Joseph Van House
October 28, 2018
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HOMILY: Twenty-Eighth Sunday of the Year

Fr. Gabriel Myers
October 14, 2018
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HOMILY: Twenty-Eighth Sunday of the Year

Br. Samuel Springuel
at St. Anthony of Padua
October 14, 2018
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Special Announcement:
Burial of Abbot Aidan Shea on December 15th

Abbot Aidan SheaOn the morning of Sunday, December 2, 2018, the First Sunday of Advent, Abbot Aidan Shea, O.S.B., entered eternal life after several years of declining health. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in the St. Anselm’s Abbey School gymnasium at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 15, with burial in the abbey cemetery. Read more...




A Benedictine Monastery
in the Heart of Washington DC

Abbot James
Rt. Rev. Dom James Wiseman, OSB
Near the north-east boundary of the District of Columbia, twelve minutes by Metro from Union Station and twenty minutes from the Capitol, is a thriving Benedictine monastery. Here, we monks live the life of prayer established by our sixth- century founder St. Benedict and where we continue that life and the aspirations of our founder for the glory of God and the sanctification of our nation and world.

Within an urban oasis of 40 acres of secluded woodland surrounding the monastery, the usual sounds of a busy city are subdued. Here, too, stands our highly regarded middle school and high school, where the values of our patrons, St. Benedict and St. Anselm, are proclaimed among our youth as we prepare them for lives of service to God and their fellow human beings.

Some have referred to the abbey as “Washington’s best kept secret”; perhaps this is because monks are not naturally given to the more ostentatious ways of projecting themselves upon the surrounding world. Monasteries are primarily places of prayer and virtuous activity, and our evangelization is precisely through prayer, spiritual direction, and education. We cordially invite you to share our “secret.” We invite you to “come and see.”

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