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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  • By chance, in a quiet place, without understanding the historical allusions of Western religions, but it is worth walking, the interior of the church is beautiful, especially the design of the horse-racing window.
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  • Worth it ! For those who like to know a little of the past... tomb of Elizabeth I and memorial of Sir Winnston Churchill ! Culture is never too much !!  more »
  • I used to attend service here many years ago on some Sundays. It is in a beautiful setting and has outstanding views over the valley.  more »
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  • Really nice place to go on a date. The building itself is quite nice and if you go to the right areas, the view is great as it's on a hill overlooking the valley with the Fraser River and Abbotsford in the background. If you happen to own a drone, this location is the perfect area to use for film or just for flying around including testing out the top speed of the drone
  • Well maintained contemplative place. A short drive from the city with in site accommodations available. Relish every opportunity to visit
  • Accommodations are simple. Good food from Abbey farm. There are restrictions on hours for leaving.
  • Delightful little monastery with a wonderful sanctuary. Be sure to look at the wood carving of St. Joseph. There is a nice path that looks out over the Frazer Valley. Also there is a peaceful grotto down below the lower soccer field.
  • Absolutely breathtaking views both inside the church and at the lookout. The is a favorite place to go when I need to catch my breath.

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