About Us

The Front Door of the Guest House in Autumn photo by Randy, OHCHoly Cross Monastery is part of the Order of the Holy Cross. We are a Benedictine Community in the Anglican Communion / Episcopal Church, USA.

The Order was founded by Father James Otis Sargent Huntington in New York City in 1884. The community moved from New York City to Maryland before settling in West Park in 1902. Our facilities consist of 2 Guest Houses, the Monastery Church of St. Augustine, and the Monastic Enclosure, located on twenty-six magnificent acres on the west bank of the Hudson River.

The primary ministry of Holy Cross Monastery is to guests on individual and group retreats. Our Guesthouse is among the largest monastic retreat facilities in the Episcopal Church. Rooms are available for overnight stays so that you can join with us and explore the spiritual dimension of your life. We estimate that about 5,000 people visit us each year.

In addition to our guest ministry we also manufacture incense, publish, and operate a book and gift shop.

The primary work of the community is worship and prayer, which are the central components of our daily life.