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 starting on Monday, December 16, 2019
Holiday Prayer Schedule:
Morning Prayer: 6:25 a.m.
Conventual Mass: 8 a.m.
Midday Prayer: 12 p.m.
Evening Prayer: 5 p.m.
Christmas and New Year’s
Mass Schedule:
Wednesday, December 25, 2019 – The Nativity of the Lord (Midnight Mass/Christmas Day Mass):
Midnight Mass: 12 a.m.
Mass during the Day: 11 a.m.
Thursday, December 26, 2019 – Feast of St. Stephen, the First Martyr:
Mass: 9:30 a.m.
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 – Solemnity of Mary, The Holy Mother of God (Octave Day of Christmas):
Mass: 11 a.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.
Saint Martin's Abbey
Saint Martin's Abbey
Happy feast day to our prior, Br. Nicolaus Wilson! Keep in mind that Br. Nicolaus' patron is Blessed Nicolaus Steno, a 17th century Danish bishop who was also a significant scientist with major contributions to the field of geology, not the 'other' St. Nicolaus of Myra whose feast day happens to be tomorrow, December 6.
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Happy Thanksgiving from Saint Martin's University! Fr. Kilian Malvey, O.S.B. '64 has written a special reflection for Thanksgiving:

"This Thanksgiving, the last Thursday in November so designated, the end of fall’s harvest, a day perched on the cold and crisp edge of another season with hints of snowflakes just over the horizon, we find ourselves in a world complex, fragile, divided and difficult at the best of times.

In such a world we need to believe that there is something more, something for which to be thankful. This something more can be different things, but to those of us on campus we have witnessed this Thanksgiving season the enormous generosity of many of the Saint Martin’s students who collected vast amounts of clothing for the less fortunate; students who gathered, prepared and delivered food to homeless shelters; students, faculty and staff who planted and raised fresh fruit and vegetables for the many who could not afford to purchase them.

Many on campus witnessed the racially and culturally diverse student gatherings this past week to celebrate their differences in song, dance, dress and prayer. All of this, an expression of their gratitude and for the unique differences they share.

This Thanksgiving holiday is more than the Pilgrims and their storybook feasts; it is, rather, a pilgrimage of the heart, a call to generosity, tolerance and gratitude from a God who loves us, cares for us and calls us to believe in the vast goodness and potential in every human being. All of us at the Saint Marin’s Benedictine campus wish all of you and your loved ones a blessed and peaceful Thanksgiving."
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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)