We are a community of Benedictine monks who share a Christ centered life of work and prayer according to the tradition of the Roman Catholic Church and the Monastic Rule of Saint Benedict.
Established in 1846 by Archabbot Boniface Wimmer, Saint Vincent Archabbey is not only the first and oldest monastery in the United Sates, but with more than 150 monks in our community, we are currently one of the largest monasteries in the world. Out of our common life of prayer and the celebration of the Eucharist flows our apostolic works and missionary spirit.
Some of our apostolic works include: operating a Basilica Parish, teaching in our College and Seminary, and providing pastoral care for Catholic men and women in the Diocese of Baltimore, Greensburg, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Altoona-Johnstown, and Richmond. Saint Vincent Monks work as parish priests, spiritual directors, military and hospital chaplains, and foreign missionaries; we are a community of students, professors, psychologists, musicians, nurses, accountants, lawyers, artists, tailors, cooks, gardeners, and firemen. Although we come from different and diverse backgrounds, we are each united by a single desire to seek Christ with our entire heart.
If you are considering a religious vocation as a monk, there is a Guidance Summary Form 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.