Saint Vincent Archabbey

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Saint Vincent Archabbey
Saint Vincent Archabbey Coat of Arms.svg
Monastery information
Order Benedictine
Established October 24, 1846
Mother house Metten Abbey (Founded 766)
Diocese Roman Catholic Diocese of Greensburg
Founder(s) Archabbot Boniface Wimmer, O.S.B.
Abbot Rt. Rev. Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., B.A. M.Div., Ph.D.
Prior Very Rev. Earl J. Henry, O.S.B.
Location Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA
Public access Yes
Other information Website

Saint Vincent Archabbey, is a Roman Catholic Benedictine Monastery in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania in the city of Latrobe. It is the oldest Benedictine monastery in the United States and the largest in the Western Hemisphere. The Benedictine monks of St. Vincent operate and teach Saint Vincent Basilica Parish, Saint Vincent College, and Saint Vincent Seminary. The monks also provide pastoral care for Catholics in the Dioceses of Baltimore, Greensburg, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Altoona-Johnstown, and Richmond. The monks also run a military school in Savannah, Georgia (Benedictine Military School).[1] The Archabbey also oversees Wimmer Priory in Taiwan, and Saint Benedict Priory in Brazil.[2]

The current archabbot of St. Vincent's is Rt. Reverend Douglas Robert Nowicki, O.S.B. who was elected by the monastic community in 1991 and reelected in 2010.

Prior to Rev. Nowicki, the Archabbey had had ten archabbots:

  • Boniface Wimmer (1855 to 1887)
  • Andrew Hintenach (1888 to 1892)
  • Leander Schnerr (1892 to 1918)
  • Aurelius Stehle (1918 to 1930)
  • Alfred Koch (1930 to 1949)
  • Denis Strittmatter (1949 to 1963)
  • Rembert Weakland (1963 to 1967)
  • Egbert Donovan (1967 to 1979)
  • Leopold Krul (1979 to 1983)
  • Paul Maher (1983 to 1991)

The monks operate St. Vincent Archabbey Gristmill, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.[3]

Monks from this abbey founded Newark Abbey (Newark, NJ) (founded as St Mary's), Saint John's Abbey (Collegeville, Minnesota), Saint Bernard Abbey (Cullman, Alabama), Saint Benedict Abbey (Atchison, Kansas), Saint Mary's Abbey (Morristown, New Jersey), Saint Bede Abbey (Peru, Illinois), Saint Procopius Abbey (Lisle, Illinois), and Mary Help of Christians Abbey (Belmont, North Carolina).

Saint Vincent's Basilica Panorama


  1. ^ Moody, Chuck. "Benedictine Fathers continue rich, historic tradition". Pittsburgh Catholic. 
  2. ^ "Directory of Independent Monasteries and their Dependent Houses". The American-Cassinese Congregation. 
  3. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  • Oetgen, Jerome (2000). Mission to America: A History of Saint Vincent Archabbey, the First Benedictine Monastery in the United States. Washington: Catholic University of America Press. ISBN 0-8132-0957-9. 

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