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Benedictines

 

Holy Cross Abbey

Two Benedictine monks from St. Vincent Archabbey, Latrobe, PA, came to Breckenridge, Colorado, in 1886. Other monks followed in ensuing years, moving from Breckenridge to Boulder to Pueblo to Caņon City, where the foundation was named Holy Cross Abbey. Until 1985, the monks of Holy Cross Abbey conducted a boarding school for high school students, and, at times, also for middle school and college students. Though the school has been discontinued, some of the Abbey's members continue active in school work through other institutions. Other members are engaged in parish work, farming and ranching, arts and crafts, bee keeping, liturgical products, hospital and prison ministry, and other occupations. But the main work of monks always remains that of seeking God through prayer and through service to one another

Abbey Chapel

At A Glance

Holy Cross Abbey is located on 200 acres at the eastern edge of Caņon City. The monastery building is a charming, four-story, English Gothic structure that has been enrolled in the National Registry of Historical Places. About fifty acres of the land constitute the Abbey campus. The remaining area is mostly under cultivation or used for various shops and farm buildings.

The Office (prayers) of the monks of Holy Cross Abbey is a balance between singing and recitation. Many parts are in some form of chant, including traditional Gregorian chant. Other parts are more modern.

The Abbey campus is used by various organizations for a variety of purposes such as soccer and car shows

 

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Last modified: February 05, 1999