Abbey is Open. Quarantine is over!

We are pleased to inform you that the Abbot and monks of Saint Leo Abbey have ended their quarantine after testing negative for the virus. 
The Abbey Church and gift shop will reopen tomorrow morning by 9:00 am. Mass tomorrow will be celebrated at 12:00 pm.
As we hope to avoid another shutdown or worse, we will enforce the following safety measures on all our guests that wish to worship in the Abbey Church or visit the Abbey Gift Shop. No exceptions will be made. 
– All guests will wear a mask when in the Abbey Church and Abbey Gift Shop.
– All will enter through the front doors of the Abbey after washing their hands at the sinks in front of the main entrance. 
– Once inside the Abbey Church, please find a seat by using the center aisle and choosing a pew that is not blocked off. 
– Please respect social distancing by sitting at least six feet from other guests, families, of course, may sit together in the available pews. 
– Guests will not be permitted to sit in the choir stalls with the monks until further notice. 
– For the reception of Holy Communion, please remain at your pew as a minister will bring the Eucharist to you so there will be less movement among the faithful. 
– The Consecrated Host will be received on the hand while the communicant stands, for those that do not wish to receive on the hand, please cross your arms on your chest so you may receive a blessing. Communion will not be distributed on the tongue for anyone during the ongoing pandemic.
– Once the celebration has ended, all will exit to the right of their pew following the designated signs, starting with the back rows going forward.
– Worship aids will not be given out during this time. Those who wish to pray with us or follow

I want to apologize for closing the Abbey for the third time during the ongoing pandemic.

December 14, 2020

Greetings to our friends of Saint Leo Abbey,

It was necessary to close again because we are under quarantine as one of the kitchen employees

tested positive for the coronavirus. Since we were exposed to her, the monks were all tested.

Thanks be to God, the monks have tested negative, but we will be tested again this week to

ensure we do not have the virus at the end of our quarantine. We will send an email telling you

if we are infected or not.

In one of his recent meditations given during Mass, Brother Lucius told us that we were acting

as the Desert Fathers, the monks of the early Church. These early monks lived in cells, many

times caves, and only came together for the Eucharist. During these days, we are doing that

under quarantine, praying in our monastic cells, eating alone, and only gathering for the Eucharist.

We are such a small community that we cannot risk putting each other at risk; if Godforbid,

we are ill.

I invite you to join us from your homes to meditate on the idea of praying. To pray is something

that Saint Paul says we should do without interruption. That, my friends, is the call of the

monks to pray without ceasing.

Many books try to teach us how to pray. However, Saint Benedict offers a simple path for the

Monks, and I am inviting you to follow it. Benedict says that we should pray using the psalms.

Then Benedict strongly recommends the Bible, the Holy Scriptures, which we call Lectio Divina.

If we do Lectio Divina every day, we will be able to read, pray, meditate, and finally contemplate

God every single moment of our lives.

If you want a one or two pages long explanation of how to do Lectio Divina, please let me

know, and I will send it to you.

Once again, I want to say that I am sorry for closing the Abbey to the public. I hope and pray

that we will have good news by the end of this week; please pray for us. I cannot wait to have

you with us for the Midnight Mass of Christmas.

May the Lord God bless you and keep you. May He smile upon you and give you peace.


Abbot Isaac