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

Regular Mass Times

Sunday: 11:00 a.m.
Monday through Friday: 4:45 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m.

Liturgy of the Hours

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

Monday through Friday
Morning Prayer: 6:25 a.m.
Midday Prayer: 12:00 p.m.
Evening Prayer: 7:30 p.m.

Saturday
Morning Prayer: 6:25 a.m.
Midday 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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Saint Martin's Abbey
This Saturday is the presidential inauguration for Dr. Jennifer Bonds-Raacke, PhD. Current and former students, staff, alumni, monks, trustees, and benefactors are all welcome to attend this historic moment in our University. Please register soon: https://www.stmartin.edu/presidential-inauguration

We would love to see you there!
Saint Martin's Abbey
Saint Martin's Abbey
We sometimes see in the responses of those around us that holiness can be easily mistaken for prudishness or self-righteousness. But to prevent us from falling into a kind of secular Parisaism, where we judge others for trying too hard to become holy (or, conversely, not trying hard enough), we are reminded by St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus, our youngest Doctor of the Church, that holiness is not an academic matter, nor something only for professionals. Holiness is not something one works against other people to attain. Holiness does not set one in opposition to another, but rather, it brings us closer together, to the point where we overlook the faults of those around us. Through the eyes of holiness, we see others as more important, more esteemed, and less flawed than we see ourselves. As Pope St. John XXIII, who made no less than five pilgrimages to Lisieux, once advised, "See everything. Overlook much. Correct little." There couldn't have been a more St. Theresian response to relationship.

Why is this? Perhaps we need a paradigm shift in our understanding of holiness. Holiness is a response to love, and not a response to law. As lovers are notorious for overlooking obvious flaws in one another, let us learn to love and take care of one another, overlooking the quirks and habits that might otherwise drive us crazy, and let us implore the Holy Spirit to help us remember how to love.

And let us also pray for Br. Thériè Pascua, OSB, who celebrates his name's day and patron's feast today! Happy feast, dear brother.