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Address: 167 North Spencer Road, Spencer, MA
Phone Number: 508-885-8700
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Compelling. Quieting. Centering. Grounding. Sobering. They have stunning grounds, well stocked book and eclectic gift shop for deeper reading to address man's quest and yearning... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 14, 2015
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St. Louis
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Compelling. Quieting. Centering. Grounding. Sobering. They have stunning grounds, well stocked book and eclectic gift shop for deeper reading to address man's quest and yearning for that "something more". The silence and peace is penetrating. They make preserves, it seems, very good quality. Learned their abbey was built from field stones collected from their acreage, hand washed, and built from... More 

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New Bedford, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I have been on 5 retreats here in the last 3 years. You need to book 6 months in advance and they do require a $75.00 deposit, but it is worth it! It is a peaceful and beautiful place to retreat from the craziness of the world and refresh your soul. It is like a spiritual massage! Does not matter... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

The Church is peaceful but cannot really be viewed except from a small area just inside the entrance. Large grounds far from the road so very quiet and serene. Gift shop just as you turn off the main road is worth a visit --- many items of all types...we picked up a DVD,Trappist jams, Bourbon Fudge and a few books... More 

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

What a gorgeous place! Start out or end up at the gift shop at the entrance--there is a lot to see and shop here. The grounds here and the architecture of the church and abbey buildings just gives you a very peaceful feeling.

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New Haven, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Peaceful. Beautiful. Serene. I make a retreat here once a year. The Trappist monks maintain an 11-room retreat house where their guests forget the stresses of the outside world and focus on strengthening their relationship with their Lord & Maker. They provide simple meals, a retreat master and the opportunity to share in daily liturgies in the worship space. Time... More 

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Vallensbaek Municipality, Denmark
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

We are not Catholic, but have heard of the marmalade from the Abbey and that it was made at a monastery with really monks, so at a sonny day in April we went to Spencer. The monastery is beautiful placed on the top of a hill surrounded by green fields. At first glance the monastery seemed small but as you... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Have lived in central Massachusetts for much of my life and I had never been to the Abbey. I finally made it a priority to visit and I am so glad I did. When I drove up the hill and saw the beautiful Abbey I couldn't believe this hidden gem is located in Spencer, MA. Such a wonderful place to... More 

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Fair Oaks, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

You wind up the road to the Abbey, 20 miles an hour, surrounded by dense forest and suddenly there are meadows and a huge stone chapel. It's silent, it's gorgeous, it's peaceful. Stay for a moment or more, then chat with wonderful Fr. Thomas Aquinas at the gift shop, serving the Trappists for over 60 years. He's delightful, good sales... More 

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Granville, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 via mobile

We visited this Catholic monastery hoping to look at the Spencer brewery, making the first and only Trappist ale outside Belgium. Sadly, no tours are allowed as the abbey brothers are cloistered. Hence, while everyone was quite friendly and the grounds were beautiful, there was not much open for viewing. A visitors chapel allows a limited look at the inside... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Beautiful church beautiful views. Went to the gift shop to start then up to the abbey church. Purchased the whipped cinnamon honey. Wonderful. Stopped by the spirit stir and bought the trappist beer made at the abbey. It is amust purchase

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