abbeygatesSt. Mary & St. Moses Abbey is a Holy Monastery of Our Lord Jesus Christ. It is a place of repentance and redemption for those men leading a monastic life and for the pious visitors. Yet, St. Mary & St. Moses Abbey welcomes all visitors, but through advance arrangements for those who would like to stay overnight.
Daylight Visit
The Abbey's grounds are open to those who wish to visit from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM—Evening Prayers—each day.

Retreat Center Facilities
The Retreat Center's facilities include two buildings — St. Mary Hall and St. Moses Hall. St. Mary Hall, for women, contains 17 rooms and each room has four beds and a full bath. This building accommodates 70 occupants. St. Moses Hall, for men, contains 20 rooms and each room has two to four beds and a full bath. All retreatants must bring their own bed sheets and pillow cases to use during their stay the Retreat Center.

Permission Letter
A permission letter is required from every individual that visits the monastery for the first time. Retreat requests will not be acknowledged except if you have a permission letter from your father of confession. 

Female Retreatants

Female retreatants are allowed to stay for an overnight retreat at the Abbey only when accompanied for the whole duration of their stay by:

1) a Priest,

2) father,

3) husband,

4) brother - only if he is 18 years of age or older,

5) son - only if he is 18 years of age or older.

In order for your registration to be approved and not denied, you have to provide the name of the priest that will accompany you. The priest must also submit a letter to the Abbey by fax or e-mail in the same day of registration confirming his attendance. If coming as a family, you must clearly indicate in the 'Comments' section that you are being accompanied by one of the above mentioned family members.

Please note: Any female retreatant coming alone and staying at a local hotel, for the sole purpose of visiting the Abbey, is only permitted to visit the Abbey once for a day visit. Day visitors should leave immediately after Vespers prayers. Thank you for your understanding.

Helpful Tips: 

  • The Abbey's mailing address is: 101 S Vista Drive, Sandia, TX 78383 - Do NOT use for driving directions.
  • The Abbey's physical address: 102 Scout's Path, Sandia, TX 78383
  • Corpus Christi Airport (CRP) is approximately one (1) hour and 15 minutes, 56 miles, away from the Abbey. Click here for driving directions from the airport.
  • If you fly in, you are responsible for getting to the Abbey using your own method of transportation (i.e. taxi, rental car, etc.).
  • The nearest Greyhound bus stop is Corpus Christi, TX.

Please read the rules and guidelines of St. Mary & St. Moses Abbey.