We nurture a contemplative life
where we can be transformed in the “face presence” of Jesus
and we pursue an active life
where that can be reflected to the outside community.



A tree that grew far away from home, only to return to its native soil. Songs of presentness and familiarity, future nostalgia, true community, whimsical longing, and human connection. 

Abbey Prior, Phil Drost will be performing his new EP and some earlier music, joined by some other great musicians. The songs were written over the course of the past year while working as Artist in Residence at the Urban Abbey. 

Tickets are $10 at the door, or in advance at the Habit Cafe. 

Show is on Friday, March 29th, and begins at 730pm.

Connect with Our Environments!

Join us in creating spaces where all the peoples of our city can find a place.

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Saturday Night Life

 'Saturday Night Life' is our weekly feast!

We celebrate LIFE with our neighbours in the community every Saturday.  Anyone and everyone is invited to come and share relationships, a life-giving message, music and a  meal with us.

You are invited to join us!  Drop in around 4pm and spend the evening with us.

Want to help?

We are also always looking for helping hands - whether that's volunteering as a group to serve an entire meal together (great team bonding) or individuals desiring to help prep, serve and clean. 

If you are interested in helping please contact Angela Martin at angela@urbanabbey.ca.

For more information visit our Hospitality page!


the first

Thought:  Above all we are taught by our Master, Jesus Christ, to love God with all our heart, all our mind, all our soul, all our strength and to love our neighbour as ourselves, and then our works.

Prayer:   Hear, O soul, the Lord your God, the Lord is One. 
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and love your neighbour as yourself.  Master teach me.


Thought: We choose to draw near to God through self-donation and blessed self-forgetfulness. God opposes the proud and gives grace to the humble.

Prayer: In blessed self-forgetfulness and full surrender, I clothe myself in humility. Lord have mercy!


Thought: Our breath from God brings words to God in an unceasing flow

Prayer: This restless spirit transform into a sanctuary of prayer.  I bring my words to You and long to hear Your voice.


Thought: We follow Christ, through darkness, without error.  In His light we see light.

Prayer: In a land of deep darkness, I look to You.  Illumine the way.


Thought: We quiet the noise that deafens by cultivating righteousness through a silence that leads to peace.

Prayer: In the noise that drowns out your voice, I will be still and quiet my soul.  The Lord is near those who wait on him.

(take 3 breaths)

work & rest

Thought: Our work shall flow  out of our rest and we shall find our rest in God

Prayer: I scatter myself to meet many expectations; anxiety rises within.  My labour this day will proceed from uninhibited rest in God.  My hope is in You

table fellowship & hospitality

Thought: We attend to the gift of God in each other; inviting to our table, stranger and brother.

Prayer: I deny my insular and independent self and open my life to the other.  Christ you are my life.

simplicity & overcoming greed

Thought: We, with single focus on God, will find the joy of simply living.

Prayer:  In a world with heaven forgot, I will delight in You.  You are the strength of my heart and my portion forever.


Thought: We covenant with God and others to possess our bodies in honor

Prayer:  This fickle heart hold fast. My covenant I keep this day.  Your unfailing love surrounds me.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.