The Urban Abbey exists to reflect the face of Jesus.


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.


Consistent habit and ritual, embedded in a person's life, directs their desires, wants, and loves toward God. 

This is why down through the last 1500 years, Abbeys have always followed a Rule of Life, which give practical shape to the values we hold.

A Rule of Life is simply a handbook to make the very radical demands of the gospel a practical reality in daily life.
— Saint Benedict