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.

Featured Destination

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.

Featured Profile


Brother Ambrose Okema

Since becoming a monk, the monastery has allowed me to learn more in seeking God by observing the life according to the customs of a monastic community. I love the Benedictine way of life and how it is centered on structured Prayer and Work (Ora et Labora). As a novice, I feel the joy of fraternity in the community and I am privileged to live and serve with others. God calls each one of us from near and far for a purpose that His name may be glorified. I have found peace here. I enjoy learning more about monastic history and spirituality and I feel strengthened in my vocation.

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