Benedictines are known for their hospitality. In the Rule, St. Benedict writes, “All guests who present themselves are to be welcomed as Christ.” We invite you to visit the abbey and encounter the Lord in this holy place. Guests and visitors are always welcome to join the monks for Mass and to stay for the praying of the Divine Office. (See Abbey Liturgy Schedule Here)
We are happy to welcome visitors to experience the hospitality of the Benedictine monks of St. Bernard Abbey. People of all ages and faiths are invited to find here a place of peace, joy and rest. St. Bernard is a place to seek and encounter God, a mission the monks have committed themselves to for the last 125 years.
Whether you are looking for a quiet setting for a private or group retreat, or hosting a meeting, conference or workshop, St. Bernard has a variety of facilities available for various occasions. We offer lodging to pilgrims who are visiting both the Ave Maria Grotto and the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Alabama. St. Bernard Abbey is located right off of Hwy 278 about 4 miles from I-65. We are only an hour North of Birmingham, AL and an hour South of Huntsville, AL. (See Directions to the Abbey)