Abbey Updates

Mask Mandate

Friday, August 13, 2021

On Thursday August 12th, public health officials in Thurston County issued a mask mandate for all public indoor spaces regardless of vaccination status. Given that the St. Martin’s Abbey Church is open to the public, this mandate will be maintained for all liturgies at the abbey. We invite all our friends and guests to continue to join us for prayer and worship and, to remain in compliance with local mandates, to wear masks when you join us.

Thank you for you cooperation and support.

-Br. Nicolaus Wilson O.S.B. Prior on behalf of the monks of St. Martin’s Abbey.

New Covid-19 Guidelines

Saturday, July 31, 2021

The monks of St. Martin’s Abbey have been pleased these past weeks to welcome back all our friends and guests to share with us in our liturgies. Recently new guidance has been shared by the Archdiocese of Seattle regarding public liturgies (see below). In keeping with these new guidelines, we strongly encourage anyone who attends liturgy at St. Martin’s Abbey to wear a mask, even if vaccinated. We thank you for your cooperation on this in these difficult times and look forward to seeing you.

God Bless,

-Prior Nicolaus Wilson O.S.B. on behalf of the monks of St. Martin’s Abbey.

From the Seattle Archdiocese:

The Delta variant, which is highly transmissible, is now widespread across the United States and has quadrupled the case count this month alone. Reports acknowledge that even people who have been vaccinated may still transmit the virus and be infected by this Delta variant. Because of this, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated is masking guidance, recommending that everyone wear masks in indoor public spaces – even if they’ve been vaccinated.

Due to the risks of the Delta variant and our desire to protect our children and the vulnerable in our communities, we are recommending mask wearing during indoor Mass celebrations. Please note that all altar servers must wear a mask.

While we will not turn away people who refuse to wear a mask, we should encourage them to do so. Please offer them a mask and encourage them to wear one to not only protect themselves but everyone in the parish community.

Given the rise in cases, it is also a good time to remind people of the safety basics:
• Do not come to Mass if you are feeling ill.
• Do not come if you have a temperature.
• Wash your hands frequently.
• Avoid “close contact” with people outside your family, which is 15 minutes of face-to-face contact within 6 feet of an infected person.
• Wear a mask.

We’re Now Open!

Friday, July 2, 2021

Given the recent relaxation of Covid-19 pandemic restrictions and guidelines, it is with great joy that we monks of Saint Martin’s Abbey announce our general reopening to the public. The abbey church will now be open during regular hours 6:00 am to 9:00 pm for private prayer. Beginning Sunday, July 4th 2021, our liturgies will be open to the public following the archdiocesan guidelines (which can be found here and here) with the following exception: The archdiocese recommends that “A separate section of church should be created for people who wish to remain physically distanced.” Due to the small size of the abbey church, we cannot provide this section. During the pandemic we installed within the church’s HVAC system an air purification device that uses ionization technology which, we are told, will greatly reduce the risk of airborne pathogens and allergens. This we hope will mitigate some of the risk associated with the lack of social distancing.

While the time of pandemic had brought us back to our roots as monks, detached from the world praying for its salvation, we have missed the presence of all our friends and guests at liturgies. We look forward to seeing you all again at our masses and prayers.

Abbatial Election of Abbot Marion

Abbot Marion, the ninth abbot of Saint Martin’s Abbey

Monday, July 6, 2020

It is with great joy that the monks of Saint Martin’s Abbey announce the election of our ninth abbot, Abbot Marion Qui-Thac Nguyen. Abbot Marion was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Seattle in 2004 before joining Saint Martin’s Abbey, making his first profession of monastic vows on August 15th, 2013. Please join us in giving thanks to the Holy Spirit for guiding our community in the process of finding this most worthy successor to Abbot Neal Roth and let us also give thanks for his many years of service as we begin a new chapter for Saint Martin’s Abbey.

Thank you and God bless,

Br. Nicolaus Wilson O.S.B., Prior, Saint Martin’s Abbey.

Saint Martin's Abbey Coat of Arms
Saint Martin’s Abbey Coat of Arms

Covid-19 Updates – We’re open!

Monday – Friday schedule:

Morning Prayer: 6:25 a.m.
Midday Prayer: 12 p.m.
Conventual Mass: 4:45 p.m.
Evening Prayer: 7:30 p.m.

Saturday schedule:

Morning Prayer: 6:25 a.m.
Conventual Mass: 8:00 a.m.
Midday Prayer: 12:00 p.m.
Evening Prayer: 5:00 p.m.

Sunday schedule:

Morning Prayer: 8:00 a.m.
Conventual Mass: 11:00 p.m.
Evening Prayer: 5:00 p.m.

Change of Schedule for Mass of the Holy Spirit Thursday, September 9, 2021

Morning Prayer: 6:25 a.m.
Conventual Mass: 11 a.m. at the Worthington Conference Center
Midday Prayer: No Public Noon Prayer
Evening Prayer: 5 p.m.

View our whole prayer schedule

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The Benedictine Abbey of Saint Martin's, founded in Lacey, Washington in 1895 as a monastery of the American Cassinese Congregation, is a community of Roman Catholic men dedicated to providing Christian witness in the Pacific Northwest through its monastic life of prayer and work, education and service to the Church. Saint Martin's Abbey fulfills its mission through liturgical prayer and worship, through its support of Saint Martin's University and through its pastoral service to the local Church.
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Saint Martin's Abbey
While at the Episcopal Council at Mount Angel Abbey today, Abbot Marion and Brother Damien shared lunch and discussed seminary formation, the future of monastic life, and academics. Br. Damien is studying at Mount Angel Seminary this year and completing his Master of Philosophy this spring. Let us pray for his continued intellectual formation and also his formation as an ambassador of Christ's peace and mercy to the world today.
Saint Martin's Abbey
Saint Martin's Abbey
Happy name's day to Br. Luke!

In 2019, Br. Luke traveled to Russia with students and faculty from Saint Martin's University and College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota for a four-week language program hosted by Petrozavodsk State University. In this photo, Br. Luke tries to imitate the somber expression of 19th century Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky, whose image is represented on the wall of this subway station in Moscow.

This semester, Br. Luke is excited to co-teach a course on Dostoevsky for the second time with colleague in the Department of Literary Studies and scholar of Russian literature, Dr. Jamie Olson.
Saint Martin's Abbey
Saint Martin's Abbey
Today is the feast day of St. Edward, king of England (1004-1066), and the namesday of our confrere, Fr. Edward. Edward the Confessor spent his life and his reign over England in relative peace, cultivating virtue and was the first and only king of England to be canonized to sainthood. He earned the title “Confessor” from holding fast to his face in the midst of political persecution that would have him bend the precepts of his faith. From Butler’s Lives of the Saints:

“St. Edward was nursed in the wholesome school of adversity, the mistress of all virtues to those who make a right use of it. The heart of the young prince seemed almost naturally weaned from the world by an early feeling experience of its falsehood, deceitfulness, and miseries. This also led him to seek comfort in the only true channel, which is virtue and the divine love. Though educated in the palace of the duke of Normandy, he was always an enemy to vanity, pleasure, and pride; so diligently did he fortify his mind against the contagion of a court in which these vices reigned. The arms by which he triumphed over them were, at the same time, the means by which he grounded his heart in the rooted habits of the contrary virtues.”

Let us all pray for a growth in the virtues--the habits of character--that enable us to live a life of love, humility, and selfless service to one another.

(Pictured below is a relic of St. Edward the Confessor from Mount Angel Abbey's reliquary.)