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Westminster Abbey, Mission

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4.8/5 based on 100+ reviews on the web
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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  • This is the first stop we made on our day trip in mission. The setting of the abbey is just so beautiful, with rolling hills, well maintained landscaping. The trail leading from the entrance of the ab...  read more »
  • I visited this abby last summer and the grounds with all the flowers are amazing. I am not religious but when I entered the church my throat swelled and I felt a feeling of awe and amazment at the bea...  read more »
  • Just a short distance from the U.S. border, north of Abbotsford, is this quiet, serene sanctuary on top of a hillside. It was a challenge for me to find using the MQ directions that I had printed out ...  read more »
  • 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
  • Very impressive
  • The Abbey itself is a beautiful edifice with its stained glass windows and lovely bell tower set in serene and pristine surroundings. The grounds are well cared for with expansive lawns, flower beds and lush trees. The path to the lookout point provides an incredible view of the Mission valley. More importantly, as one contemplates inside the Abbey, the God presence is very much evident. It is a magnificent place to come and nourish and restore the soul. The monks were very helpful and willing to take time from their busy schedule to answer all our questions. Because this is a spiritual place one must be respectful. No dogs, no plunging necklines for the ladies.
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