Welcome to the Benedictine Monastery of Hawaii
The Benedictine Monastery of Hawaii, located in the hills above Waialua, was founded by Our Lady of Guadalupe Abbey, Pecos, New Mexico in 1983. We have been on our present site since 1987. We are an integrated monastic community of men and women.
As Benedictines we are a part of the oldest religious order of the Catholic Church. Our way of life has been followed for nearly 1500 years and is based on Holy Scripture, particularly the gospels, and the Rule of St. Benedict. Our day centers around the praise and worship of God in the celebration of the Eucharist and the recitation of the Psalms by the community three times a day. Individual prayer and spiritual reading foster intimacy with the Lord Jesus.
For every monk there is a single goal: Union with Christ. Both men and women religious may live within the monastic community and make vows of obedience, stability, conversion of life, chastity and poverty. Typically, each Benedictine monastery will have its own distinctive characteristics. The Hawaii Benedictines give emphasis to Life in the Spirit; thus we gratefully accept the activity and gifts (charisms) of the Holy Spirit which Jesus promised to his disciples. As well, our community fosters a special love for Mary, the mother of Our Lord. Daily we pray the rosary together.
We believe that the Father and God of us all led us to Hawaii to serve His people. Our service is two-fold.
1. Prayer. Ours is a community of prayer. We have seen the power of prayer; we have witnessed its effects in promoting healing and wholeness in individuals and families. We Benedictines are committed to prayer for all the people of these islands.
2. Action. Our active service consists in conducting parish missions, retreats, seminars and days of renewal; by counseling individuals and families; by spiritual direction. We also coordinate a program for Benedictine "Oblates" -- these are lay people, married or single, who wish to apply the wisdom of St. Benedict in their daily living.
Our goal is the promotion of authentic PEACE, God's Peace, within every person.
Transition and Change
Our affiliation with the Olivetan Benedictine Congregation has come to an end. We have established a new relationship with the Church as a public association of the faithful under the Diocese of Honolulu. This allows us to continue our presence and ministry here in Hawaii. We have since revised our canonical statutes and civil by-laws accordingly. See our "Announcement" document and the Spring 2013 newsletter in the Downloads page for more complete details. We are still open, our guest rooms and facilities are still available for those seeking God and renewal in their lives.
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Benedictine Monastery of Hawaii
P.O. Box 490
Waialua, HI 96791
For guestroom reservations, contact Sr. Mary Jo
Mondays-Thursdays: 8:00 AM
Fridays: 6:30 PM with Rosary
Saturdays: 7:30 AM if there is no retreat or work group visiting. 6:00 AM if there is a retreat group or work group here. 8:30 AM if the BCC pre-retreat team is here. (our newsletter calendar can be a guide to this)
Sundays and Holy Days: 10:00 AM
Note: These are the normal times but this can vary according to community scheduling needs, especially on Mondays and Saturdays and sometimes on Fridays. It is recommended that you contact us ahead of time to confirm, if you plan to drop in for Mass.