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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.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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  • Nice place for a walk and to reflect. Beautiful outlook over Hatzic and Matsqui prairie/flats. Church is worth a look. No shorts allowed in the church out of respect.  more »
  • Great place to visit, make sure you walk the path to the lookout...amazing views of the river and Hatzic.  more »
  • We loved the stained glass in the church great opportunity for some beautiful photos . The trails down to the view point were good for any level of fitness . Once you get down to the view point , you ...  more »
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  • It was a fabulous experience! The perfect place to reconnect with God almighty and a fresh start!
  • 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.
  • A wonderful place for a retreat - filled with peace, quiet and grace.
  • One of the most beautiful places in all British Columbia!
  • 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.

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