The Church is open for self-guided tours Monday-Saturday from 2:30pm-5:00pm.
***The Church is closed all day Sunday, besides Mass at 10:30am and Vespers at 5:45pm, which are open to all.
The church, including Divine Offices and self-guided tours, is closed for holidays and retreats periodically throughout the year. Mass remains open. Please also refer to our closure dates below.
Many individuals who are interested in the monastery often ask if they are welcome to stop by the Abbey. If you find yourself in the area, know that you are welcome!
We do ask that you refrain from having picnics on the property so as not to disturb the contemplative atmosphere of the grounds. Please, no pets, registered service dogs only permitted.
During your visit we encourage you to stop by the following key places:
We invite you to participate in services conducted in the abbey church. You are welcome to join the monastic community in the singing of the psalms, be we ask that you do so quietly and in unison with the monks. The acoustics of the church can make even moderately loud singing in the visitor’s section a distraction for the monks in the choir. We encourage visitors who are not Catholic to participate in church services to the extent they are comfortable. We are only able to offer Holy Communion to those currently members of the Catholic Church. Due to the early hour the prayer Office of Vigils (3:30 am) is open to overnight guests only.
St. Cecilia chapel is open at all times and you are invited to take advantage of the contemplative environment it offers. The Blessed Sacrament is reserved in the tabernacle over the altar. Please use the chapel rather than the Abbey Church for your personal prayer. In addition, we offer a silent meditation room, located on the north side of the chapel. We ask that you please remove your footwear upon entering the room. In inclement weather feel free to place your shoes on the inside shelving located behind the meditation room door.
The bookstore has a variety of books, gifts and cards. Taxes are already included in the purchase price. Payment by credit card or by check. On New Clairvaux Vineyard Wine Release Saturdays, please visit Br. William and the gift store kiosk in the winery tasting area. Cash is also accepted during the wine release event
We love pets, but are only able to allow accepted ADA-certified aid dogs on the monastery grounds. Thank you for understanding.
In order to preserve the contemplative atmosphere for all our guests we do not allow picnicing on the grounds. However, there are some nice sites for picnics just down the road from us we can recommend, such as Woodson Bridge State Recreational Area: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=459 and the Tehama County River Park: http://www.co.tehama.ca.us/tehama-county-river-park
We encourage you to wear modest and comfortable clothing during your stay. Please refrain from any activities that could disrupt the prayerful environment. Please, no sunbathing anywhere on monastery grounds.