Berryville

Location

Official Name Holy Cross Abbey

63

Country USA

City Berryville

Address 901 Cool Spring Lane

Postcode VA 22611-2700

Contact Information

Telephone [1] (540) 955-1425

Website www.virginiatrappists.org

Superior Dom Joseph Wittstock, Abbot 2016-2022

Other Informations

Juridical Status Abbey

Diocese Dioecesis Arlingtonensis (Arlington)

OCSO Region USA

Founded/Restored 1950

Origins

Founded by Spencer in 1950; raised to the status of abbey in 1958.

History

1950: The foundation developed with difficulty both in terms of personnel and material resources, but by 1958 erection into an abbey was possible.

1958, 18 November: blessing of first abbot.

1970, 18 November: a car accident takes the lives of 3 monks: Fr. Georges Supry, Fr. Henry Maloney and Br Cyrill Cornish.

Father Immediate

Spencer

Daughter Houses

Crozet

Lay Associates

Lay Cistercians of Holy Cross Abbey

Past Superiors

Owen HOEY — — Superior — 18/11/1950 – ?/ ?/1952 (v.76)
John HOLOHAN — Superior — ?/ ?/1952 – ?/07/1956
Hugues McKIERNAN — Superior — 25/09/1956 – 25/09/1958
Hugues McKIERNAN — Abbot — 25/09/1958 – 12/04/1964
Thomas PORTER — Sup. ad nutum — ?/04/1964 – 18/11/1966
Edward McCORKELL — Sup. ad nutum — 19/11/1966 – 14/10/1967
Edward McCORKELL — Abbot — 14/10/1967 –21/03/1980 (v.78)
Flavian BURNS — Sup. ad nutum — 21/03/1980 – 08/06/1984(18+65)
Marc DELERY — Abbot — 08/06/1984 – 08/06/1990
Flavian BURNS (2) — Sup. ad nutum — 16/07/1990 – 17/08/1990
Flavian BURNS (2) — Abbot — 17/08/1990 – 19/08/1996
Benedict SIMMONDS — Sup. ad nutum — 19/08/1996 – 10/08/1998
Dom Robert BARNES — Abbot — 10/08/1998 – 10/08/2016

Work and Sources of Income

Our main source of income is the bakery where we produce fruitcakes and creamed honey. Our second source of income is the gift shop, which sells books, religious articles, and food products from monasteries

Guest Facilities

16 rooms: 2 groups (individual retreats) per week: Mon.-Fri. and Fri.-Sun. The former guest house is used for monks’ families. We also have a special long-term retreat programme for men in the community.

Transportation

Airport : Dulles, Washington D.C. Station : Washington.

Monasteries

  • Diepenveen

    Netherlands

  • Mount Saint Bernard

    United Kingdom

  • Abakaliki

    Nigeria