Abbot Neal Roth welcomes you

Dear friends,

On behalf of the monks of Saint Martin’s Abbey, I would like to welcome you to our website.

One of the important Benedictine virtues is hospitality. Our Abbey’s motto is: “Never turn away when someone needs your love.” Benedict insisted that all people be treated and welcomed as Christ.

Hopefully, you will see this aspect of Benedictine life reflected on our site.

It is our hope that you will explore these pages and learn something about our lives as monks at Saint Martin’s Abbey.


Abbot Neal G. Roth, O.S.B.

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

Current mass times

Change in Prayer Schedule for Thursday, November 28, 2019
Morning Prayer: 8 a.m.
Conventual Mass: 9:15 a.m.
Midday Prayer: 12 p.m.
Evening Prayer: 4:30 p.m.

Regular Mass Schedule:

Sunday: 11 a.m.
Monday—Friday: 5 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.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 shared a post.
Today, the University celebrates Veterans Day and the feast day of Saint Martin of Tours. Patrick Cooper, Ph.D., assistant professor of theology and the director of the Benedictine Institute, wrote a reflection for the lantern procession the University community held in honor of Saint Martin on Friday evening.

“On Friday, November 8, the greater Saint Martin’s community, as well as people from all around the South Sound region, will commemorate the life and sanctity of our University’s namesake, Saint Martin of Tours (316 – 397) with a lantern procession. It is indeed a rich, beautiful, and very old tradition that should naturally find a home here and be made new at our University.

But why such a procession with lanterns? The procession of lanterns as winter fast approaches and the days grow ever shorter possesses deep eschatological resonance with the Parable of the Ten Bridesmaids (Mt 25, 1-13), five of which possess enough oil to keep their lights aflame in their continued searching throughout the night for the promised coming of the Bridegroom, whereas the others quickly run dry of oil and become increasingly discouraged and impatient with such searching. Herein, faith is seen as a light that makes visible our hope – that hope, for which we yearn for that remains otherwise invisible and fleeting. This light of night, unlike the sun of day, sees darkly, yet clearly and beyond the mere appearances of things, while it is our charity, our love for God and neighbor alike, which like oil, keeps this light aflame.

In the case of Saint Martin, for whom we will celebrate, this light did indeed enable him to see beyond mere appearances when he encountered the poor beggar at the city gates. He was able to see beyond the roughness, beyond the labels, beyond the shame, embarrassment and inconvenience of another seen merely as nothing more than a problem to be solved. Martin was instead able to see his human dignity, as a man, wounded and depraved, and yet resolutely glowing as one created in the image and likeness of God. In other words, he was able to see Christ in the least of these. Inspired by such holiness, such examples like that of Martin renews our own courage and nourishes our hope as a University to keep our lights aflame.”

(Please note that Saint Martin's will be closed on Monday, November 11 in observance of Veterans Day)
Saint Martin's Abbey
Saint Martin's Abbey
Dear Veterans and Soldiers,

Thank you for your service and dedication from the bottom of our hearts. Have a Happy Veterans Day! Have a good Saint Martin of Tours Day!

Saint Martin is the patron of veterans and soldiers.

Today's Prayer Schedule:
Morning Prayer 8 a.m.
Conventual Mass: 11 a.m.
Evening Prayer: 5 p.m.
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Saint Martin's Abbey
The December 2019 issue of the Oblate Newsletter is now available online!