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Washington, D.C.: Saint Anselm’s Abbey

About Saint Anselm’s Abbey:

Located here, in the nation’s capital, is a thriving Benedictine monastery. Here, the monks live the life of prayer established by their founder, St. Benedict.

St. Anselm's Abbey Washington D.C.
Front of the church & abbey

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 their highly regarded middle school and high school, where the values of their patrons, St. Benedict and St. Anselm, are proclaimed.

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 their evangelization is precisely through prayer, spiritual direction, and education. They cordially invite you to share their “secret.”

You are invited to “come and see.”  You may attend most services such as daily Mass. Mass, Vespers and Compline are always sung. The other offices are recited except on major feast days when they too are sung.

There is also a gift shop offering an assortment of rosaries, books and more, plus many objects made by the monks themselves.

Finding Saint Anselm’s Abbey:

The abbey is near the north-east boundary of the District of Columbia, twelve minutes by Metro from Union Station and twenty minutes from the Capitol

Address: 4501 South Dakota Ave. N.E., Washington, D.C. 20017

Tel: +1 (202) 269-2300    Fax:  +1 (202) 269-2312

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