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.

“The discernment of a vocation is above all an intimate dialogue between the Lord and His disciples.”

Pope Benedict XVI

“Vocations are born in prayer and from prayer; and only through prayer can they preserve and bear fruit. Let us invoke the intercession of Mary who is the Woman of the “yes’’. Mary said “yes” throughout her life! She learned to recognize Jesus’ voice from the time when she carried him in her womb. May Mary, our Moth-er, help us to know Jesus’ voice better and better and to follow it, so as to walk on the path of life!” — Pope Francis

To learn more about becoming a monk, request a copy of our vocation booklet by emailing us.

Welcome to Saint Vincent Archabbey!

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 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.

For more information on vocations at Saint Vincent Archabbey, email the Vocation Office, or call us at 724-532-6655.

Some photos from the SEEK 2024 Conference

Three Ordinations

The Archabbey recently had three men ordained to the priesthood and diaconate by Most Rev. Larry J. Kulick, Bishop of the Diocese of Greensburg.

Father Romuald Duchene, O.S.B., was ordained to the priesthood. Brother Gilbert Heater, O.S.B., and Brother Romanus Davitt, O.S.B., were ordained deacons.

Watch the video.

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