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Monday, September 22, 2014

St Pius X Benedictine Abbey

The monastery known as St Pius X Benedictine Abbey was formed in 1951 by the Swiss-American Congregation of the Benedictine Confederation. This location was begun as a foundation which sprouted from its parent monastery, the Conception Abbey. The latest record of activity I can locate here is dated 1982.

There are two separate buildings here, both of which are in very poor condition. From what I can gather, the first building pictured is the actual Abbey itself and the second building with the huge fireplace is the residence. The Abbey appears to have suffered a fire at some point long ago and has sat exposed to the elements ever since. All of the rooms have been gutted and the walls are smashed through nearly everywhere. The residence hasn't fared much better. All of this sits on an active golf course and the path which the carts take is literally right outside the front doors.

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The Monastery © 2014 sublunar

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The Monastery © 2014 sublunar

The Monastery © 2014 sublunar

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14 comments:

  1. My parents used to take the family there for retreats and midnight mass on xmas eve. I have lots of memories from there and remember it very well. I wish I could see it in person again. Is it accessible to see or closed off. Its been 45 yeaes since I been there.

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    1. It's not very easy to get to.. unless you play golf. A golf course purchased the land and these buildings are off the beaten path. To get to them the way we did, you have to dodge golfers and the employees that roam around. However, if you play golf, that would be a good excuse to go have a look. "Woops, I hit my ball into the door of that building over there. Better go get it.."

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    2. Vince, I was a monk there in the 1970's and vaguely remember your family. Was your mom Joann? My name at the time was Bro. Stephen.

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    3. Yes mom is joanne. Dad is Joe. Mary ,steve,and Sandy are brother and sisters. To refresh your memory...I was the youngest [vinny] answer I used to chew on the back of the pews...sometimes got in trouble from that. Went on a couple retreat there when I was a kid. Usually went to midnight mass every Christmas. How can I contact you? It would be great to talk more. Vinceferrante@sbcglobal.net please reply. Thanks

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    4. Hi brother stephenomenon. I don't remember you. But yes..my mom is joanne..dad idle joe..then mary,Steve, Sandy and myself [vinny]. I got back on this website again cause I had a dream about it the other night. Saw your reply. To refresh your memory, I was the young kid who left chew marks on the back of the pews....do you remember hearing about that? Is thereally a way to see the buildings in person again..or are they all torn down? Please reply. Vinceferrante@sbcglobal.net...it would be great to talk to you more.

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  2. I was a monk there in the mid seventies. It was a beautiful spot.

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    1. Thank you for posting! Do you have any photos or more information from back then? Wasn't much information out there to go on for this post.

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    2. I was a monk at this monastery as well - from 1971 to 1979. I would very much like to contact you with information from that time. How can I do that?

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    3. DanBan, I am very interested in who you are. I was a monk there throughout the 1970's and am interested in contacting others who were there when I was. I look forward to hearing from you.

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    4. DanBan, I was a monk there in the 1970's and wonder who you are since you must have been there when I was there. My name was Bro. Stephen.

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  3. The second building was a retreat center. Stayed there in the late 60's-early 70's. Remember the fireplace and the seating around it.

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  4. There was also an older building that was in great disrepair on the property back then. It must have been a private residence prior to it becoming an Abbey. We wandered into it and what we saw back then said a wealthy family had lived there. We did not get much past the entry, but what we saw was a beautiful sight.

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    1. The older building was probably the "River House" as it was known duringthe time St. Pius X owned the property. Originally it had been owned by the Hammer family from St. Louis I believe. They owned a paint manufacturing company I believe. This estate was called "Glimpse O' Glory" and was a summer home. It was quite an impressive sight in it's time. We had some pictures of parts of the grounds when it was still owned by the Hammer family.

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  5. Just an FYI: I have comments set to not post until approved, just in case you were wondering why your comments weren't showing up. It may take a day or more before I see them and approve them, so for the sake of your conversation in regards to this location, I apologize about the delay.

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