Welcome to St. Anselm's Abbey

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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Important Announcement: Pandemic Restrictions

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the Divine Office is restricted to the community and invited guests. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause and pray for the day when we can once again safely welcome all who would join us in prayer.

Public Masses have resumed on Weekdays and Saturdays, but seating is limited to 4 individuals/households (up to 4 individuals who live under the same roof). Sunday Masses remain closed to the public. Masses will continue to be streamed to our Facebook page until attendance restrictions are lifted.

Please visit our Facebook page at any of the following times to stream our live Masses.
(You do not need a Facebook account to stream our Masses)

Regular Weekly Masses:

  • Monday - Friday:7:30am
  • Saturday & Federal Holidays: 8:30am
  • Sunday: 9:00am (streaming only)

Additionally, we are streaming Vespers on Sundays and major feast days at 6pm.

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