The Benedictines (O.S.B.)
Westminster Abbey, Mission
Westminster Abbey was founded in British Columbia from Mount Angel Abbey in Oregon. In 1939 the five original founding members came not only to begin a new centre of monastic life but also to take over the teaching and administration of the Seminary of Christ the King, then located in Ladner. The monastery and seminary were moved to Deer Lake in Burnaby in 1940. Westminster Priory became independent in 1948 and in 1953 was raised to the status of an abbey. Westminster Abbey moved to its present site in 1954.
Fostering vocations among teenagers and adults for the priesthood is the abbey's special apostolate. Priest monks help occasionally in parishes on weekends. There is a wide spectrum of activity in the community.
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