Welcome to the website of the Cistercian Monks of Mount Saint Joseph Abbey

In Chapter 53 of his Rule St Benedict tells the monks that they are to welcome all those who visit to the monastery as if they were welcoming Christ himself. For over 135 years Mount St Joseph has been a place where the Cistercian monks have welcomed guests and visitors who come to experience the peace and prayer of the monastic environment. We hope that your visit to this website will be a similar experience for you.

We are a community of monks dedicated to seeking God and following the Gospel in prayer and work, while living in community. Our life is focused on the celebration of the liturgy throughout the day, with periods for personal prayer and study combined with work. Whatever your reason for visiting, we hope that you will find here the sense of peace which is the hallmark of monasteries in the Benedictine tradition.

Abbot Richard Purcell ocso