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Holy Cross Abbey, Berryville

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  • Peaceful tranquil setting.Stop at gift shop. Fruit cake is the best I have ever eaten. I don't even like fruit cake. Loved it!!! Great jams also. Location was beautiful, even on a rainy day. Visited t...  more »
  • Loved seeing it and I know monks are peaceful people but I wish there was even a plaque about the battle here from the Civil War time. Monk however very friendly and the chapel and house the latter se...  more »
  • Literally, this has to be heaven on earth! The beauty of God's work (scenery), the peacefulness, the ability to be still and mediate. Visit for a weekend, stop for awhile after work, go when you just ...  more »
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  • I am finishing up my second visit. My first one was in early August. It is always wonderful. To get an extra benefit go to the five daily offices. The rooms are simple and private...all with mountain views. I prefer the upper floor or the main floor on the odd numbered side for best views....although all the rooms have views of the mountains. There is a Trappist gift shop for spiritual reading and food, soaps, incense produced by other Trappist Abbey's in the USA. Fruitcake doused with Brandy is a favorite produced by these monks. The food served at the retreat House is plain, but adequate. On Friday noon, bring your own lunch. None is provided that day, this only applies for lunch. I was just here for Thanksgiving weekend and loved it. The retreats are self directed. I hope to come back soon
  • This beautiful monastery belongs to the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance, a Catholic religious order also known as the Trappists. In addition to the stunning chapel, there is a porter's lodge which doubles as a religious book store and purveyor of monk-made products such as fruitcake, honey, jam, and candy. There is also a guest house for silent retreats. These retreats, and all of the monastic services in the chapel, are open to all. Most of the land is either inside the monastic enclosure (monks only) or being used for agriculture. Some areas are available for walking, particularly near the natural (not monastic) cemetery. Holy Cross Abbey makes a great good destination for a ride in the countryside.
  • Great place for quiet and reflection. Good food, beautiful setting, well-appointed library.
  • +JMJ Heaven on Earth?! I think so! I love making Retreats! This Trappist run Retreat House is absolutely SUPERB!! The silence which permeated my soul with serenity, the nature beauty of the surrounding countryside, and the opportunity for quiet prayers and to join the Trappist community for early morning prayers and Holy Mass were soul repairing. Retreatants were required to keep silence which I greatly appreciated. However, at meal times (simple but delicious) the Guest House Master (at that time) would read faith-related excerpts from his selected book. Additionally, the Retreat House has a Chapel where Retreatants could visit for private prayer times. Just glancing back in my memory banks refreshes by entire spiritual being! Praise the Good God for such a Heavenly sanctuary!
  • A beautiful and sacred place to visit and support now and be interred later in their green cemetery.

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