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All guests who present themselves are to be welcomed as Christ, for he himself will say: “I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”

--The Rule of Saint Benedict, 53.1

For fifteen hundred years, pilgrims and travelers have looked to monasteries as sanctuaries of stability and peace. Though we do not have a “guest ministry” at Saint Louis Abbey, we do have a guest wing on the south side of the abbey with five rooms and two gardens. Since the school and parish are our primary works, we do not often provide organized retreats for our guests, but we do invite you to pray with us at the Liturgy of the Hours and daily Mass. Monks are often on hand to hear confessions or provide counsel. Male guests normally eat with the community in the refectory, where meals are taken in silence, usually accompanied by reading. Because the refectory is in the monastic enclosure, women guests eat in the guest wing.