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Address: 167 North Spencer Road, Spencer, MA
Phone Number: 508-885-8700
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Serenity and Silence

What a beautiful place! Upon arriving you immediately begin to sense how peaceful it is. It seems to clear your mind for the moments your there, away from technology and the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 15, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

What a beautiful place! Upon arriving you immediately begin to sense how peaceful it is. It seems to clear your mind for the moments your there, away from technology and the hustle and bustle! The Abbey and Chapel are set high on a hill near the heavens where you can visit. It's definetly a place to go. They also have... More 

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

If you are a nature lover, or are seeking a few moments of peace and meditation, then plan a stop at the Abbey. Home of an order of strictly observant Trappist Monks, the Abbey is known for its natural beauty and sense of reflective peace. They offer a space for spiritual retreat in their guest house for longer visits (information... More 

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Hauppauge, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

Must visit. Serene and beautiful grounds and a gift shop that houses Trappist Jams and Jellies as well as a plethora of religious medals books, etc.

Thank moandpebs
Spencer, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

Simply Beautiful Place! I visited the Gift Shoppe for Some Trappist preserves. Which are Humbly made and delicious!! Priced accordingly!

Thank JoAnn1971
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015 via mobile

Stopped by to see the Abbey church and the grounds. How peaceful and beautiful it is. Wish I could have seen more of the church, but that is off limits, understandably . Prayers beautifully chanted by the monks.

Thank henry l
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

beautiful grounds and a wonderful gift shop. Go in off of 31 though, we came in teh back way and were very confused. You can not tour the brewery or even buy the beer here but you can go to the gift shop where many items are reasonably priced. I got honey for $7 and a beer stein for $3..... More 

Thank rmnovak
St. Louis
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015 via mobile

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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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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