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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

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

Liturgy of the Hours

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

Monday through Saturday
Morning Prayer: 6:25 a.m.
Noon Prayer: 12 p.m.
Evening Prayer: 5 p.m.

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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
In our world today, we take sick people to a doctor or to the hospital. But some issues cannot be solved even with the best of medical assistance--because the illness is linked to sin. For example, when someone refuses to forgive. Modern medicine is beginning to conform to what the ancient world suspected: that there is a link between sin and illness.

In the gospel today (Matthew 9:1-8), this might explain why Jesus forgave the paralyzed man first. Perhaps he sensed that in this man's case, spiritual healing must precede physical healing. There is a Chinese proverb that might work here: the man who pursues revenge should dig two graves: one for his enemy, and one for himself.

What spiritual healing do we feel a need for?

- Abbot Neal Roth, OSB
Saint Martin's Abbey
Saint Martin's Abbey
Happy name's day to our own Fr. Peter Tynan, OSB, on this Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul! Last weekend, Fr. Peter returned from summer classes at Mount Angel Seminary related to his doctor of ministry program.

See you on the disc golf course, Fr. Peter!
Saint Martin's Abbey
Saint Martin's Abbey
Yesterday, the American-Cassinese Congregation elected a new abbot-president to preside over our 19 monastic abbeys in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada, and six dependent priories in many other nations. Abbot-President Jonathan Licari, OSB, originally of St. John's Abbey in Collegeville, MN, was elected by the 54th General Chapter, consisting of abbots and delegates from houses throughout our congregation. Congratulations Abbot Jonathan! May you lead our congregation with peace, prudence, and evangelical joy.