Established in 1846, the Archabbey of Saint Vincent is a community of monks, sharing a life in union with Christ Jesus, according to the tradition of the Roman Catholic Church and the monastic Rule of Saint Benedict. Out of our common life and the celebration of the Eucharist flows our apostolic works, which are the lasting fruit that our discipleship bears to the glory of God. For this reason, young men are attracted to join us, coming to share our life and thereby sustaining our work, serving God, the Church and each other. ( Depicted above is a stained glass window at our Basilica )
Saint Vincent is comprised of four distinct areas: The Archabbey Monastery where the Benedictine monks live, the Archabbey Basilica where the Divine Office is prayed, Saint Vincent Seminary which is beside the Archabbey and Saint Vincent College which has close to two thousand students.
If you are interested in a vocation as a monk living a monastic life in the Archabbey please go to our Vocation website. You may be called to a monastic life in a Monastery. You can email us or call us at 724.532.6655 . Please go to our website for more info.
The most recognizable feature of the area is the Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica, built by the Benedictine monks at the turn of the twentieth century. To the left of the Basilica is the recently-constructed Saint Vincent Parish Center, which housesthe offices of the parish, conference and meeting rooms, and the Basilica Gift Shop. In front of the Basilica is a statue of Archabbot Boniface Wimmer, O.S.B., first archabbot of Saint Vincent.
To the right of the Basilica is a small oval area, filled with colorful flowers surrounding a stone marker denoting the site of the first Saint Vincent Parish. For more on the history of Saint Vincent, refer to our history pages. The prominent building behind and to the right of the monument is Leander Hall, a residence for Seminary students. Tucked back adjoining Leander Hall to the left is the Elizabeth J. Roderick Center, which houses Archabbey and Seminary offices, and also offers dormitory space for seminarians. Beside those buildings, tucked into a corner, is the unique chapel for seminarians, designed by Pittsburgh architect Tasso Katselas. Mr. Katselas also designed the Monastery, the building on the right side of the photo. Only the Benedictine monks who reside there may enter the building.