The Monks of St. Vincent Archabbey
Established in 1846, the Archabbey of St Vincent is a community of Benedictine monks, sharing a life of work and prayer centered on Christ Jesus, according to the tradition of the Roman Catholic Church and the monastic Rule of Saint Benedict. Out of our common life flows our apostolic works, in an active and missionary spirit, which are the lasting fruits that our discipleship bears to the glory of God. The celebration of the Eucharist is the center of our spiritual life. For this reason, young men are attracted to join us, coming to share our life and thereby sustaining our work, the work of God, from one generation to another.
With more than 160 monks, St. Vincent was founded by Boniface Wimmer and is one of the largest monasteries in the world. We are blessed with a healthy mix of monks in all age groups. We serve as seminarians and graduate students, studying around the world; we are school teachers and coaches in our grade schools and military high school, as well as professors in our college, graduate school and seminary; we are also administrators in our schools and parishes, priests and pastors; we are psychologists, spiritual directors, chaplains in the military and for prisons, and hospitals; we are musicians, nurses, accountants, lawyers, property managers and developers, info techs, artisans and artists, tailors, cooks and bakers, firemen, farmers and gardeners. We even staff a Catholic radio station, heard throughout much of Pennsylvania, and produce plays each year in our professional Summer Theatre. We are missionaries to Brazil, Taiwan, and China, and evangelists, wherever we find ourselves. First and foremost, however, we are Benedictine monks, integrating our common and personal prayer lives with diverse ministerial roles, serving always as instruments of the local and the universal Church.
For more information on vocations at Saint Vincent Archabbey, email Fr. Maximilian Maxwell, OSB : Vocation Director, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe PA 15650-2690, or call us at 724.532.6655.
If you are considering a religious vocation as a monk, there is a guidance summary sheet online. Please fill this out. This is not an application, and all information is kept confidential. The process of filling out this online form will help you to further discern your vocation. After your form is completed by you and read by the vocation committee, you will receive further information on Saint Vincent Archabbey. Once this information is considered, you may arrange a visit to our monastery.
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