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 Jeffery Williams

I lived with one community for almost a year. However, it was not what God was calling me to. In 1993 I met the community of Mary Mother of the Church Abbey. I lived with them a short while but had to leave to take care of some family issues. It was during this time I became very active in the parish I attended and my work with adults and children with special needs. But there always seemed to be a part that was missing in my life.

Upcoming Events at the Abbey
Easter Schedule

Holy Thursday, 8:00pm; Good Friday, 3:00pm; Saturday Easter Vigil, 8:00pm; Easter Sunday Mass, 9:00am.


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