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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.
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  • The church is a modern architectural splendor, but we visit the Abbey only to walk the grounds. A cinder path leads to a spectacular viewpoint overlooking the Fraser River and Sumas Mountain, and offe...  more »
  • Mum and I decided to go on a walk-around and a look-see at the Abby. The doors were open and we invited ourselves into a massive hall that was so quiet, you could hear a pin drop. I had wished we coul...  more »
  • The queue to get in the abbey took around 80 mins in the bitter cold. It cost £20 to get in and either £2 or £6 for a guide book The audio guides were free and it cost £5 if you wanted a tour guide. U...  more »
  • Peaceful setting. Private property so be calm, quiet and respectful. Beautiful architecture and a living working seminary. Beautiful view overlooking the Fraser River to the South. Parking is scarce so carpool if you are coming with friends.
  • There is a path behind the Abbey leading through forest and field that ends up at the cliffs overlooking the entire valley. The view is stunning! It is a short walk.
  • A simple, and relatively austere monastery surrounded by rolling fields on one side and a commanding view of the Fraser Valley on the other. The monks are always eager to help out the visitors with any questions they may have. This is definitely a place worth visiting if you want to find a bit of peace and solitude amidst the hustle and bustle of daily life.
  • I went with my sister, Ramona to the Easter Vigil on Saturday night up at the Mission Monastery. The Westminster Abbey stood silently in the night, encircled by mountains and evergreens shielded from the world. From the moment of arrival, we could sense in the stillness of the crowd the depth and solemnity of the occasion. When the resonant voice of Abbot John Braganza broke the silence, you could still hear a pin drop in the crowd. Then the procession wound into the church and the service began. What a memorable evening to mark this holy occasion. The chanting of the monks was almost ethereal. Abbot John led the service in a very impacting way to commemorate the pivotal occasion of Jesus's crucifixion and consequent resurrection into Eternal Life. The cathedral was alight with goodwill, peace, elegance and the infinite love through Christ our Lord. It was the most touchingly beautiful service I have ever attended.
  • Absolutely beautiful architecture, even if your not a religious person it's worth coming up here to take in the beauty of the grounds, the view at the over look spot a short walk in back of the Abbey, the school has a model of the whole place and grounds...just worth it! 25/05/15