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Mount Saint Bernard Abbey

We are a contemplative Roman Catholic monastic community of the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance. We affirm a life of work and prayer; of radical discipleship and fidelity to the Gospel, the Rule of Saint Benedict and the Constitutions and Statutes of the Cistercian order.

“Fidelity to the monastic way of life is closely related to zeal for the Kingdom of God and for the salvation of the whole human race. Monks bear this apostolic concern in their hearts. It is the contemplative life itself that is their way of participating in the mission of Christ and his Church and of being part of the local church…”

The Guest House accommodation is for relatives and friends of the monks, retreatants, and those interested in our life. The Abbey is a religious house and is unable to accommodate bed and breakfast, half-board, or tourist guests.

This varies from two nights up to five days which is the normal allocation in any one year. We do not normally accept bookings for one night only. Special arrangements are possible, upon request, from the Guestmaster.

The Abbey does not charge guests for their stay, but we are grateful for offerings made to help reduce the cost of running the Guest House.

The preferred method of booking is by email. For those without access to the internet, bookings may be made by phone 9.30 am – 12.00 pm (Mon-Sat). The brethren retire at 8.00 pm and are not available to respond to emails or phone calls after this time.

Fr Nicholas OCSO (Guestmaster)


Monastic Retreats