Saint Joseph's Abbey

Saint Joseph's Abbey, Spencer

Saint Joseph's Abbey
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Christine F
1 contribution
My experience of Christ's love for me
Dec 2019
When I went into the chapel the first time I was 27 years old and I was feeling desolate, but when I looked up at the crucifix hanging suspended over the altar I knew that Jesus was with with me where I was at. The prayer and chanting service began and the singing and readings were so uplifting that I could feel hope start to enter my soul. That was over 40 years ago and I always come back to the abbey chapel a couple of times each year for peace and grace and to make an intimate visit with Christ. I always remember all his grace and help and the blessings he has given to me through all my life. Also very memorable is the stained glass window behind the altar of Mary holding the infant Jesus. I have received a replica of this stained glass image from the gift shop which I display in a bay window at home. If you are in good physical shape, the walk up the road within the grounds from the gift shop up to the chapel at the top of the hill is a lovely walk to make, if the weather is no too cold. Very lovely scenery and quiet and peaceful. A visit to St. Joseph's Abbey in Spencer, MA is a special trip worth making.
Written December 22, 2019
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mon582
Colorado Springs, CO126 contributions
Peaceful and beautiful
Oct 2019 • Friends
The surrounding scenery made this place so beautiful. It’s a very peaceful place to sit and pray or meditate.
When walking inside the chapel, it takes your breath away! One can truly feel the presence of our Lord!
I recommend this as a stop on your travels.
Written October 18, 2019
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J.B.
15 contributions
Beautiful & Serene
Sep 2019
Looking forward to taking a weekend retreat next spring or summer. Beautiful views & very peaceful. Great place to recharge your batteries. Amazing structure, built by the monks themselves.
Written October 10, 2019
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Shells3535
Webster, MA111 contributions
Simply Beautiful
Jun 2019
The views are amazing. The peace and quiet. It's "Heavenly"! We visit often. A good place to decompress, gather your thoughts and just breathe.
Written July 11, 2019
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Margo A
17 contributions
Peaceful and serene
Dec 2018 • Couples
We visited the abbey in time for vespers. It is a solemn peaceful practice with chanting by the monks. There are other religious services as well, First Friday Mass is open to the public. There is also a gift shop on the grounds.
Written June 5, 2019
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Jim P
Johnston, RI23 contributions
Great place for serenity and tranquility
Apr 2018 • Couples
The abbey is a great place to visit when one wants to "re-energize one's batteries". We all spend so much time running around like the "Energizer Bunny"; however, here is a place that gives one the opportunity to STOP and LISTEN. One might not only hear the sounds of nature; but, also, be given a time to reflect on PSALM 46:10 whereby it states: "Be still and know that I am God". (This psalm means even more; however, to just reflect on these words is enough) To listen to the monks pray the psalms during one of the seven times of day that they pray is a very peaceful and prayerful experience. May the Universal Church be blessed with many more vocations of Trappist monks (brothers or priests).as well as other vocations to the priesthood and religious life in general.
Written March 23, 2019
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Khogan1222
Worcester, MA14 contributions
Great views
Oct 2018 • Family
I went here when I was little with my uncle. I took him and other family members including little kids. The grounds are amazing. You can walk around look at the scenery enjoy fresh air. Completely amazing.
Written October 7, 2018
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charlesmaher
Metairie, LA7 contributions
Great place to visit
Jul 2018 • Friends
The monks are proud of what they have and are happy to show you the facility
You don't want miss their give shop and the honey that they harvest.
Written July 27, 2018
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Marcel vW
73 contributions
Serene area
Jun 2018 • Solo
Quiet area with lovely church. Beautiful surroundings with far away views. No noises but nature. Free admittance to church.
Written June 26, 2018
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Lyn S
Hilton Head19 contributions
Town highlight
Jul 2017
Saint Joseph's Abbey is an important part of the Town of Spencer. The monks contribute to the town in many ways and we appreciate them for it.
Written June 19, 2018
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