Mary Mother of the Church Abbey is a community of monks seeking God in the spirit of the Rule of Saint Benedict as expressed through our prayerful Liturgy and the work of our ministries. Our vision is that our community will radiate Benedictine spirituality, always extending our welcome to any who seek God through witness of prayer, work and learning.

The Abbey at a Glance
Benedictine College Preparatory

Committed to the military school

Providing moral and religious guidance for students at Benedictine College Preparatory - one of only two Benedictine military schools in the U.S.

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Shroud of Turin Center

Established in 1997 to provide educational services to the public and to conduct scientific and historical research.

Leadership Opportunities

Focused on future growth

We have an exciting vision to build a new monastery overlooking the James River. This will offer many new opportunities for aspiring monks.

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Father John Mary

When I was young, I had no idea I would end up spending my life time at Mary Mother of the Church Abbey in a distant land. However, my only conviction early in life was that I felt a strong calling to do something special in the world for God. As I became familiar with different modes of priesthood, I developed an attraction to religious life and missionary service – to bring the Good News of the Kingdom to people of all nations.

Where To Find Us

Mary Mother of the Church Abbey is located along the historic James River in Richmond, Virginia.

12829 River Road
Richmond, VA 23238-7206
(804) 708-9653