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Saint Joseph's Abbey

167 North Spencer Road, Spencer, MA
508-885-8700
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Ranked #1 of 3 Attractions in Spencer
Type: Religious Sites
Traveler Description: St. Joseph's Abbey was founded in 1950 by monks of the Cistercians of the Strict Observance, commonly called Trappists. Work and prayer are the... more »
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Wakefield, Rhode Island
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59 reviews 59 reviews
13 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

Made a brief visit on a gorgeous late-summer day. Gift shop yielded cards, caramels and honey. Beautiful grounds. Friends stopped in at chapel; I enjoyed the hill-top view. And now I know where my delicious raspberry jam is made!

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Cambridge, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Beautiful pastoral scenery with access to the monestary chapel for quiet contemplation. Clergy were friendly and helpful. I have always loved their jams and am looking forward to tasting their ale.

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

A sacred site with old world ambience, surrounded by lovely hills and woods. Also boasts a fine religious bookstore...and have you ever tried their beer?

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

A beautiful view on any day, but expecially in fall and winter, the Abbey offers quiet walks, a visitor's chapel where several services are held during the day, and a gift shop that offers everything one needs to maintain their spirituality. They also offer foodstuffs such as their world famous jams and jellies, fudge, and other treats from other Trappist... More

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Middletown, Connecticut
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92 reviews 92 reviews
25 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

There wasn't much to see at the top near the Abby Church. One can only view the interior from the visitor's pews on the side of the alter. The estate was very peaceful as it was far away from the highway. We purchased jam at the gift shop down at the entrance on the highway.

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Ottawa, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

St. Joseph's Abbey is a wonderful place for a respite from a busy life. I love to come here and listen to the monks' chant, spend time in quiet prayer in the chapel, enjoy the beautiful views, and visit the gift shop where I never fail to find a book - or seven - to inspire my spiritual studies. The... More

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Quinebaug, Connecticut
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78 reviews 78 reviews
15 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

Relaxing, restful, spiritual place with gorgeous views. It is a beautiful place for a retreat by yourself or with others.

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Saint Paul
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21 reviews 21 reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

St. Joseph's Abbey is a campus of incredibly beautiful buildings and church with meticulously manicured grounds. I was disappointed that the only viewing of the church was through a blocked off visitor room at the front of the church. All other buildings were locked and unaccessible. I must remember that this is the home and vocation of dedicated men to... More

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charlton
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

The chanting of the monks is not to be missed! Check the schedules as they do chant regularly on a set schedule. Beautiful and so peaceful. Grounds are beautiful and the gift shop is not to be believed as the Monks (Brothers?) are self supporting and make amazing jellies and jams, yummy candy, etc. A unique experience to take kids... More

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New York City, New York
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Keep in mind that this is not an all day adventure (unless we missed something). We got here, walked around the limited area that we can, and walked back into the church for the ceremony. I think we stayed here maybe 30-45 minutes tops (since we hung around to attend the ceremony). They jar their own preserves. i wish I... More

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