Guest House


Our monastic community serves the people of God through our Benedictine hospitality, “We welcome all as Christians. We invite people to pray with us and experience the ancient monastic duty of praising God, Opus Dei. Our Retreat Centers offer space for adults and teenagers alike and our guesthouse is ready to accommodate your quiet, spiritual needs. We believe in offering the people of God an oasis in the middle of their hectic lives. We provide an opportunity for individuals to get in touch with God and with themselves. St. Leo Abbey provides an enormous amount of silence that helps them to put their lives’ priorities in order.

We offer space for group retreats at our St. Leo Hall facility. Feel free to stop by and see us or make an appointment for a walk-through with Brother Apollo. He would love to show you our facilities and explain how we can meet the needs of your next group retreat.

*Monk led private retreats are in-the-making!

We also offer youth retreats. Our youth retreat dorm, Carmel Hall, is our youth retreat housing building. We also have a large activities building, the Carpenter Shop, to keep everyone busy. All youth retreats require a 1 adult chaperone to 8 youth ratio. Confirmation retreats are hosted by our youth retreat program led by Tracy Padilla to give a Benedictine influence to the retreat. After all, we are the only Benedictines in the state of Florida.

Our guesthouse is located just off beautiful Lake Jovita for a  quiet, spiritual getaway from a sometimes hectic world. Lodging includes meals that you will share in the same dining room with our monastic community. We have a private study, kitchen with microwave and refrigerator, and a screened back porch with a lake view.


Brother Apollo-Guest Master

For guesthouse reservations or adult/youth retreats feel free to contact Br Apollo via e-mail at or call 352-588-8184.




Monday – Friday

7:00 am – Morning Prayer

11:30am – Lectio Divina

12:00 pm – Mass & Midday Prayer

6:00 pm – Evening Prayer

8:00 pm – Night Prayer


*Eucharistic Adoration & Evening Prayer on Fridays at 6 pm (excluding Feast Days & Solemnities)



7:00 am – Morning Prayer

12:00 pm – Mass & Midday Prayer

6:00 pm – Evening Prayer


Sundays & Solemnities

7:30 am – Morning Prayer

10:00 am – Solemn Mass

12:00 pm – Midday Prayer

6:00 pm – Solemn Evening Prayer