Plan a Visit

Mary Mother of the Church Abbey is located just west of Richmond, in a peaceful setting on approximately 50 acres overlooking the historic James River. Nearby is Tuckahoe Plantation, the home where Thomas Jefferson began his early education.

The Abbey hosts hundreds of visitors each year from the many groups that come to the Abbey to hold their retreats and those that come here on personal retreats.

We also host and give retreats to several parish confirmation classes. Each year, the Abbey also hosts the Rosary Congress and Divine Mercy Sunday conference. On the first Sunday of each month is our Oblate program.

If you are interested in making a personal retreat with us, please contact us by email or by phone: 804-708-9653

Mary Mother of the Church Abbey is located at 12829 River Road, Richmond, Virginia 23238.

Driving Directions

From the North:
Take I-95 South to I-295 towards Charlottesville. Continue on I-64 West towards Charlottesville. Take the exit for VA-288 South (World War II Veterans Memorial Highway) towards Chesterfield. Exit onto West Creek Parkway. Turn right onto Patterson Avenue then left onto River Road. About one mile down, look for a sign on the right for “Benedictine Abbey.” Turn right into the entrance.

From the South:
Take I-95 North towards Richmond. Take the exit for VA-288 North (World War II Veterans Memorial Highway) towards Chesterfield. Take the exit for VA-6 E /Patterson Avenue towards Richmond. Turn right onto Patterson Avenue then right onto Pagebrook Drive. At the stop sign, turn right onto River Road. About one mile down, look for a sign on the right for “Benedictine Abbey.” Turn right into the entrance.