Saint Vincent Archabbey

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Saint Vincent Archabbey
Saint Vincent Archabbey Coat of Arms.svg
Saint Vincent Archabbey is located in Pennsylvania
Saint Vincent Archabbey
Location within Pennsylvania
Saint Vincent Archabbey is located in the United States
Saint Vincent Archabbey
Saint Vincent Archabbey (the United States)
Monastery information
EstablishedOctober 24, 1846
Mother houseMetten Abbey (Founded 766)
DioceseDiocese of Greensburg
Founder(s)archabbot Boniface Wimmer, O.S.B.
AbbotRt. Rev. Martin Bartel, O.S.B.
PriorRev. Killian Loch, O.S.B.
LocationLatrobe, Pennsylvania, USA
Coordinates40°17′34″N 79°24′03″W / 40.29278°N 79.40083°W / 40.29278; -79.40083Coordinates: 40°17′34″N 79°24′03″W / 40.29278°N 79.40083°W / 40.29278; -79.40083
Public accessYes

Saint Vincent Archabbey, is a Benedictine monastery in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania in the city of Latrobe. A member of the American-Cassinese Congregation, it is the oldest Benedictine monastery in the United States and the largest in the Western Hemisphere. The Benedictine monks of Saint Vincent operate and teach at 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 from the Savannah Priory in Savannah, Georgia (Benedictine Military School).[1] The archabbey also oversees Wimmer Priory in Taiwan and Saint Benedict Priory in Brazil.[2]

The original abbey structures were designed by the German-American architect J. William Schickel and built between 1891 and 1905.

The current archabbot of St. Vincent Archabbey is the Rt. Rev. Martin de Porres Bartel, who was elected by the monastic community on June 23, 2020. He is the twelfth archabbot of Saint Vincent. Bartel succeeded the Rt. Rev. Douglas R. Nowicki.

Over the course of its almost 200 years of existence, the archabbey has had twelve archabbots:

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

Monks from the abbey founded Newark Abbey (Newark, New Jersey) (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. Archived from the original on 2014-05-04.
  2. ^ "Directory of Independent Monasteries and their Dependent Houses".
  3. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
Additional sources
  • 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.
  • Curran, Kathleen (2003). The Romanesque Revival: Religion, Politics, and Transnational Exchange. State College: Penn State University Press. ISBN 9780271022154.

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