If after your visit our guesthouse you feel a little more Christ-like than you did when you arrived, we hope you give some of the credit for that feeling to Saint Benedict. In his Rule for Monasteries Benedict tells his monks to welcome all guests as you would Christ, for he himself said, ‘I was a stranger and you welcomed me.’ We hope that we reflect back to you the affections of Christ that we see in you. And we hope that you feel something of our own affections for Christ in the way you are received.
As a guest at New Melleray, you will share in our life of prayerful mindfulness of Christ. You will be welcomed to join us for the daily celebration of Mass and for the chanting of the Opus Dei, the Liturgy of the Hours. You will have your own en suite room (towels and linens provided), and will enjoy home-cooked meals taken in silence while listening to recordings of spiritual conferences or music to nourish your soul. A library affords our guests ample material for spiritual reading to supplement what you may wish to bring with you. Prayerful walks about the grounds in front of the abbey and in some of our farm and woodlands will let you share in the joy we take in living with nature and the changing of the seasons. You will find that our guest house is one of those “space of prayer and communion” that Pope Francis in The Joy of the Gospel esteems so important today.
In addition to private retreats, several theme retreats for groups are offered each year, including the Lenten retreat on the weekend before Ash Wednesday and the Advent retreat offered the weekend of the First Sunday of Advent. The Vowed Life retreat in August is for married couples, and the October week-long Contemplative Living in a Busy World retreat is held in October.
Twenty-two rooms are available, four with two single beds, the others have one single bed. Groups or individuals seeking a spiritual retreat from the world are welcome. Reservations may be made by either emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 563-588-2319 extension 100.