7 Amazing Monasteries To Visit In Massachusetts, USA

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Massachusetts may be one of the smallest states, but there are many activities waiting for you there. If admiring gorgeous masterpieces and sitting on the lawn while watching a live performance is your type of fun, drop by the famous Dr. Seuss Museum or Barrington Stage Company, where you will be treated to a night of laughter and joy. Depending on which part of Massachusetts you are in, there will always be somewhere to go and something to do. There are also plenty of amazing accommodations that abound, including glamping spots and family resorts in Massachussetts. Those who can’t wait to sink their teeth into the freshest treats can drop by Yankee Lobster or Luke’s Lobster to savor succulent lobster dishes and buttery buns. Tourists and locals who are searching for their spiritual identity can visit the state’s tranquil monasteries. Read on to learn about some amazing monasteries to visit in Massachusetts, USA.

1. St. Mary's Monastery

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

The black building (our former home) will be hopefully renovated next year to look more like the new one, and to be the monastery's front entrance for visitors.

Posted by St. Mary's Monastery on Thursday, August 25, 2016

Set on grassy woodlands, St Mary’s Monastery is welcoming and serene. Home to a group of Roman Catholic Benedictine monks, guests who come here can learn more about the daily life of the monks in the modern community. Those who are looking to connect with nature and enjoy peace and quiet can stay at the guesthouse, which offers breakfast and dinner. Please note that pets are not allowed at the guesthouse.

St. Mary's Monastery

Address: 271 N Main St, Petersham, MA 01366, United States

Website: St. Mary’s Monastery

Opening hours: 5am - 8:30pm (daily)

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2. St. Joseph's Abbey

St Josephs Abbey, Spencer MA
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user John Phelan used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Constructed in 1950, St. Joseph’s Abbey sits on a hill surrounded by oak, maple, and pine trees. Home to a group of Trappist monks, St. Joseph’s Abbey is unique and well-kept. The monks strive hard to keep the monastery running. Fruits and herbs produced by the neighboring garden are used to produce sweet quality jams. An on-site brewery, Spencer Brewery, produces a variety of craft beers and pilsners. All proceeds from the sale of the jam and beer are donated to the needy and to help maintain the monastery.

St. Joseph's Abbey

Address: Greater Spencer Area, 167 N Spencer Rd, Spencer, MA 01562, United States

Website: St. Joseph’s Abbey

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3. Most Holy Trinity Monastery

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Founded in 1978, Most Holy Trinity Monastery is one of the most peaceful monasteries in Massachusetts. Open to guests all year round, visitors are welcome to attend the Divine Liturgy. If you are thinking of attending and want to submit a prayer request, feel free to do so via their website. Males who want to regain peace and be closer to God can come here to live a traditional, contemplative life following in the footsteps of the monastery’s monastic father.

Most Holy Trinity Monastery

Address: 67 Dugway Rd, Petersham, MA 01366, United States

Website: Most Holy Trinity Monastery

Opening hours: 5:20am - 9:15pm (daily)

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4. Emery House

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Founded by the Emery family, Emery House was built in the 1600s. Besides being a monastery, it also used to be a farm, and produce was typically shared among the family and the public. Having enjoyed a long historical legacy, Emery House is also a guesthouse for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The rooms are situated near the woods and bounded by the Merrimack River. A peaceful retreat, let the sounds of the calm river lull you to sleep. Please note that only the monastery chapel is open to the public. If you wish to explore further, do drop them an email.

Emery House

Address: 21 Emery Ln, West Newbury, MA 01985, United States

Website: Emery House

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5. Dominican Monastery

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Established in the 1950s, the area surrounding Dominican Monastery is filled with verdant foliage and sees plenty of sunshine. Taken care of by nuns, this monastery has flourished and become a home for aspiring nuns who want to dedicate their lives serving God. If you need a break and want to go on a journey to find yourself, consider coming here. Besides daily Mass, the nuns at the monastery also engage in charitable activities to serve the needy. Not every vacation has to be spent on tours and shopping!

Dominican Monastery

Address: 1430 Riverdale St, West Springfield, MA 01089, United States

Website: Dominican Monastery

Opening hours: 6:30am - 5:30pm (daily)

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6. St. Columba of Iona Orthodox Monastery

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Originating from Scotland, St. Columba of Iona Orthodox Monastery is run by Reverend Peter Preble, who had a desire to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. One of the two Orthodox monasteries in Massachusetts, the monastery is spacious and comes with a newly built chapel where devotees can attend public worship gatherings. It may not be the oldest monastery in Massachusetts, but it’s still worth a visit Please make sure to contact the church before visiting.

St. Columba of Iona Orthodox Monastery

Address: Southbridge, Massachusetts

Website: St. Columba of Iona Orthodox Monastery

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7. New England Buddhist Vihara & Meditation Center

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Posted by New England Buddhist Vihara and Meditation Center (Boston Buddhist Vihara) on Saturday, April 18, 2020

A place of learning and exploration, New England Buddhist Vihara & Meditation Center exudes a calming and peaceful vibe. Focusing on Buddhist philosophy and thought, the center conducts meditation classes and counseling sessions for adults, young children, and teenagers. Run by a group of Theravada Buddhist monks, all services are complimentary here. Throughout the year, during special occasions such as Vesak Day, there will be fun and interactive activities organized for children to learn more about Buddhism. Close to the city and easily accessible by public transport, this center is a mini getaway for those who are trying to seek some respite. Do refer to the calendar on the website for further details about the different events.

New England Buddhist Vihara & Meditation Center

Address: 162 Old Upton Road, Grafton, MA 01519 USA

Website: New England Buddhist Vihara & Meditation Center

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Relax and take a break at these monasteries

Massachusetts is a state filled with many exciting and peaceful attractions. Make sure to get a glimpse of these monasteries and explore them during your vacation to this popular state. For your accommodation needs, there are plenty of houseboat rentals and meditation retreats in Massachusetts.

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Isabelle is an educator and a self-professed foodie. When she is not teaching away in school, she is either out looking for interesting foods, at the gym or reading at home.

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