PUBLIC ACCESS CURRENTLY CLOSED
St. Paul's Monastery is currently closed to the public due to COVID-19. For more information, please read our blog post.
Visit Our Community
As you enter the doors of St. Paul’s Monastery, you step into a centuries-old tradition. We are home to a religious community of Benedictine Sisters and a place for women and men to gather who seek to understand the wisdom the Rule of St. Benedict has for their lives.
Pause for a moment as you cross the threshold. Attend to what you hear and see, for the design of the space embodies who we are. Silence, beauty, spaciousness, and light all work together to support the prayer and interactions of Christian community.
Central to this monastery and its daily life is the chapel. All paths lead to it – from the living baptismal font to the hand-crafted altar, from the crown of daylight around the undulating wood ceiling to the soft serenity of the Eucharistic chapel. Each aspect of the chapel calls the heart to prayer. Here, throughout the day, the community gathers for worship in the conviction that everything finds its purpose and meaning only in the presence of God.
THE MONASTERY GROUNDS
As you stand at the threshold and look straight across the Gathering Space, a doorway invites you to step into the courtyard. Its gardens and walkways provide a place for Sisters and guests to catch their breath and open their heart.
THE ART EXHIBITS
The Monastery hosts 6-8 exhibits a year, including the Juried Exhibit each January. For more information, contact Kathy Fleming.
THE MONASTIC LIBRARY
The Library has “stacks” of books, cataloged and ready for your research project, enrichment reading, or just to enjoy a comfortable chair and your favorite writer.
West of the statue of St. Benedict is a grotto that honors Our Lady of Fatima. In this grotto under the trees, you feel comfortable, cozy, and protected from the harsh realities outside. "Grotto" is linguistically rooted in the Greek use of natural caves for religious rituals. The Latin words crypta and grupta, turned into the Italian grotta, which gave us the English grotto. A grotto can be natural or man-made, but either way, it's a small hidden space with cool and inviting features like a comfy floor or round walls. A grotto is a good place to read, write, or just hang out with friends, especially on a hot summer day.
As you return to the Monastery on the paved pathway, you will see a slightly-raised grassy plateau on your right (or South). This is the site of the Monastery’s labyrinth, the design of which is based on the floor labyrinth in France’s 13th Century Chartres Cathedral. A labyrinth is a maze-like structure for an ancient form of meditation that invites the seeker to slow down, to set aside the clamor of daily life, and to follow prayerfully and with deliberate concentration the path it traces. To reach the labyrinth, you will need to leave the paved walkway and walk South across the lawn for a short distance. For more details on The Labyrinth click here.
TAKE A SELF-GUIDED TOUR OF THE CAMPUS
The guide is written as a pilgrimage. As you use it to learn more about us, you will from time to time find a prayer. This is an invitation to pause for a moment, to let the prayer deepen in your awareness about how space creates an environment for living more purposefully, and to join your prayers to our own.
To learn more – click here for the brochure.
Call ahead so we are ready to welcome you.
Guests are welcome daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please sign in at the front desk and maintain the quiet, reverential atmosphere as you enjoy the beauty of the public spaces.
RULE OF ST. BENEDICT
OUR ART COLLECTION
THE WORD OF OUR FOLLOWERS
Mike and Janis Nash
Jerome and Barbara Bovy
Father Dave McCauley
Father Jan Michael Joncas
Father Cyprian Weaver
THE RULE OF ST.BENEDICT
THE RULE OF ST. BENEDICT
The Rule of St. Benedict serves as an invitation to open our hearts to God. It summons us to recognize our responsibility in the world and the proper use of resources. Above all, the Rule reminds us of the fundamental value of living our lives in search and service of God, preferring nothing to the love of Christ.