Abbey Updates

Masks Optional

March 12, 2022

Following the guidelines from the State of Washington and the Archdiocese of Seattle, effective immediately, masks will no longer be required for abbey liturgies and abbey programs taking place in the church. However, Saint Martin’s University will continue to follow guidelines from the Department of Health for Higher Education, and will continue to require masks inside university buildings and the abbey church during university functions (such as student Mass) until further guidance is given.

It has been a long two years, and navigating the ever-changing climate of pandemic society has not been easy, but the monks of Saint Martin’s want to thank you for persevering, praying, and having patience with us along the way. Some may choose to continue wearing masks, and we respect those who do so—may we all continue to be mindful of each other and take precautions to stay healthy, peaceful, and holy as we journey together toward Easter.

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

Mass Times

Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Monday, August 15, 2022

Morning Prayer: 8:00 a.m.
Solemn Mass: 9:30 a.m.
Evening Prayer: 5:00 p.m.

Regular Mass Times

Sunday: 11:00 a.m.
Monday through Saturday: 8:00 a.m.

Liturgy of the Hours

Morning Prayer: 8:00 a.m.
Evening Prayer: 5:00 p.m.

Monday through Saturday
Morning Prayer: 6:25 a.m.
Noon Prayer: 12:00 p.m.
Evening Prayer: 5:00 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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Happy Solemnity of the Assumption!

Today we are blessed to be joined by Bishop Joseph Tyson of the Yakima Diocese and Bishop Elias Lorenzo, OSB, of the Diocese of Newark, NJ, who celebrate the anniversary of Abbot Marion's abbatial consecration and the feast of the Blessed Virgin with us. Both bishops have had noteworthy roles in the formation of Abbot Marion at various times in his life and we are grateful for their presence among us. Both have also had close ties to our local community as well--Bishop Tyson has been distinguished with an honorary doctorate of Saint Martin's University, and Bishop Lorenzo was formerly the Abbot President of the American-Cassinese Congregation of Benedictine Monasteries.

On this solemnity, as we give thanks for the support and direction of good leaders and mentors, we would be remiss not to mention our Mother Mary, the first one to say "yes" to Jesus and the first to follow him, while he, anticipating her faithful fiat, protected her from stain of sin. Let us look to Mary as the example of perfect love of God and pray that we, too, can be preserved from sin in the hour of our temptation and distress. With her, may we one day live freely and authentically in heaven with all the sinners-turned-saints God has called by name.
Saint Martin's Abbey
Saint Martin's Abbey
Monday, August 15th, is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary! Our mass and prayer times are adjusting to accommodate the high feast. Please join us as we venerate her memory and ask her intercession for ourselves and for the whole world.
Saint Martin's Abbey
Saint Martin's Abbey
This weekend, we hosted four young men on a vocation discernment retreat. The Holy Spirit has been working in these men for some time now, and during their time with us, they had a joyful and peaceful retreat. Please continue to pray for these four men and for vocations to our community and to the whole Church!

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