Westminster Abbey, Mission

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Westminster Abbey is a community of Benedictine monks in Mission, British Columbia, established in 1939 from the Abbey of Mount Angel, Oregon. The abbey is home to the Seminary of Christ the King and is a member of the Swiss American Congregation within the Benedictine Confederation.The abbey's official name is the Abbey of Saint Joseph of Westminster; Saint Joseph is the abbey's patron saint. The abbey was designed by the firm of Gardiner, Thornton, Gathe and Associates.HistoryThe seminary was founded in 1931 by Archbishop William Mark Duke of the Archdiocese of Vancouver. Five monks, including Father Eugene Medved, later Prior and Abbot, were sent from Mount Angel Abbey, Oregon, to British Columbia in 1939 to found a priory and to take over the running of the Seminary of Christ the King, which was then located in Ladner, B.C..The following year, the monks moved their new priory together with the seminary to Burnaby, near Vancouver, B.C., neighbouring New Westminster. It became a conventual (independent) priory in 1948. In 1953 the Holy See raised it to the status of an Abbey. Prior Eugene was elected as the first Abbot of the new abbey.
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  • To begin, the setting is majestic overlooking the Fraser river, the grounds are maintained in superb condition and it very quiet and serene. The Church is reminiscent of older ones in France or Belgiu...  more »
  • Visited this lovely place on a rainy day when there was no much activity there. Tranquil, spiritual space with beautiful, breathtaking panoramic views of the Fraser Valley. Highly recommend. With the collegiate mountains boast awesome views of Fraser Valley-Mountain, River, City quarters, nearby farm ... In the monastery many scenic trails to the monastic Park. On the territory of the monastery is the male seminaries. Oh and the temple itself! Monks-benediktov not seen only by seminarians. With a stroll it took us more than an hour. And if the service visit something probably will take at least two hours
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  • The Abbey is situated at the top of the city of Mission. The grounds are very well kept and year round you can see flowers and plants with vitality. The building itself is pretty cool and has such a c...  more »

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