Mount Angel Abbey

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Mount Angel Seminary
Mount Angel Seminary Seal.png
Established 1889
Type Private
Students ~200
Location St. Benedict, Oregon, United States
Campus Rural
Affiliations Roman Catholic

Mount Angel Abbey is a community of Benedictine monks near the city of Mt. Angel, Oregon, United States. It was established in 1882 from the Abbey of Engelberg, Switzerland. The abbey, located on the top of Mount Angel, a 485-foot high butte,[1] has its own post office separate from the city of Mt. Angel's—Saint Benedict. The library at the abbey was designed by Finnish architect Alvar Aalto.


Mount Angel Seminary, which was originally part of the now defunct Mount Angel College, serves numerous western dioceses and currently has approximately 200 students.[2] The make up of the seminary population is 40% Anglo-American and 60% minorities, primarily Hispanic, Vietnamese, and Filipino.[citation needed] The Seminary's main church has a tower that contains the largest free-swinging bells on the west coast.

The seminary has undergraduate and graduate programs. The undergraduate program is devoted towards a bachelor's degree in philosophy. Students may choose a double degree by studying one of two additional fields—religious studies or literature. Many of the students from the undergraduate degree program continue on to study in Rome, San Francisco, Chicago, Leuven, or Washington, D.C.[citation needed]

Mount Angel Abbey Museum[edit]

The Mount Angel Abbey Museum is a collection of assorted artifacts, including mounted animal dioramas, rocks and minerals, antique liturgical vestments and religious items, and American Civil War memorabilia. The museum is open to the public daily.


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  1. ^ McArthur, Lewis A.; McArthur, Lewis L. (2003) [1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (Seventh Edition ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 836. ISBN 0-87595-277-1. 
  2. ^ Haught, Nancy (August 18, 2012). "Woodburn priest's arrest focuses attention on Mount Angel Abbey". The Oregonian. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 

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Coordinates: 45°03′25″N 122°46′28″W / 45.056971°N 122.774459°W / 45.056971; -122.774459