The Way, the Truth and the Life
A Benedictine monastery exists as a witness to the world, testifying that the Gospel is more than an ideal: It is a standard of living, an application of the belief that Jesus Christ is still the way, the truth and the life (Jn 14:6).
What Makes Us Unique
Every Benedictine abbey observes the centuries-old Rule of Benedict, but each stands independently with its own distinct life. Belmont Abbey Monastery has been a part of the Piedmont region of North Carolina since 1876, when a group of Benedictine monks established a college there. Today, our monastery is intertwined with Belmont Abbey College, where many monks teach or offer Masses, but there is even more to life at our monastery.
Our 700-acre campus provides a buffer from the distractions of ordinary life. Here, we make time for communal and individual prayer, work, spiritual reading, personal interests and the daily tasks that come with living together. Above all, we support each other as we seek to hear and live God’s call.
Our basilica, Mary Help of Christians, is where we gather for the Divine Office each morning and set the tone for our daily lives. The basilica has served as a spiritual center for countless Belmont Abbey College students and alumni, as well as area Catholics. Built in 1892 and renovated in 1965, the basilica is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors are welcome throughout the day for Mass, Liturgy of the Hours, Confessions and private prayer.