Abbey Updates

Coronavirus Updates

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

In conjunction with the Archdiocese of Seattle, Saint Martin’s Abbey will indefinitely suspend public Masses and all public prayer times in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Abbey Church and Abbey Guest House buildings are closed to the public until further notice. Please feel free to contact us for questions, comments, or concerns here:

Please remember to pray for those affected with the virus and those who treat them.

A Message from the Abbot

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Dear Abbey Community,

After 27 years as the major superior of Saint Martin’s Abbey and the chancellor of Saint Martin’s University, I have decided to retire effective May 31, 2020. It has been my privilege to serve both the abbey and the university these last 27 years, but I am tired! I need to step down and allow someone younger to take the reins and move forward with the university and the abbey.

It has been wonderful to see what has happened to our community and campus over the years, and it greatly pleases me that I have been a small part of that. Please know that you are in my heart and prayers.

The monks are in discernment about the future leadership of our abbey community. We will share next steps soon.

Blessings and More, 

Abbot Neal Roth, OSB

Coronavirus Updates

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Although the threat level for coronavirus is currently low, we are monitoring its developments closely. In conjunction with the Archdiocese of Seattle, we ask that our guests help us to take the following precautions at liturgies to keep our community safe:

  • Avoid touching or holding hands, especially during the Sign of Peace and the Our Father.
  • Please be willing to receive Holy Communion on the hand, rather than the tongue.
  • Our holy water font will be emptied, for the time being.
  • We will only be administering the Body of Christ at Eucharist.

Please join us in prayer for those affected with the virus and those who treat them.

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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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In observance of Memorial Day, we remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our nation.
May they rest in peace and may perpetual light shine upon them.
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Saint Martin's Abbey
On this feast day of St. Bede the Venerable (c.672-735), we wish a happy name's day to our confreres, Fr. Bede Classick and Br. Bede Nicol!
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Saint Martin's Abbey
Although not specifically celebrated due to falling on a Sunday, May 10 is the feast day of St. Damien of Molokai. He is the patron saint of lepers for his ministry to a leper colony on Hawaii. On this occasion, Abbot Neal Roth and the monks of Saint Martin's Abbey also wish a happy feast day to our confrere, Br. Damien-Joseph Rappuhn!