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 Adrian Harmening

Mary Mother of the Church Abbey fulfills my desires of seeking God and I have found joy in training young cadets in seeking their own call and life’s commitments. This is the age when they are forming, when we can have the most impact upon their lives. It has been a privilege to be a part of their journey as they mature into men of discipline, virtue, and service to the world. My mission has always been to make saints of each and every one of the boys by example and sharing the simple teachings of Benedictine spirituality.

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