May 11, 2021
Dear Friends of the Abbey,
Thank you very much for your faithful support and patience with us during this time of pandemic. We are happy to announce a modified reopening of the Abbey beginning June 14, 2021. Considering the recommendations of the CDC, the County of Los Angeles, and the California Catholic Conference of Bishops, as well as our own practical evaluation of our capacity and capabilities, the following decisions have been made to help facilitate the best and safest way to open the Abbey at this time.
Please note this is subject to change based on recommendations from the above agencies. Check here for updates.
Open only to fully-vaccinated retreatants. Retreat house facilities: lounge and dining room, are reserved only for fully vaccinated registered retreatants. No masks or social distancing are required while indoors with the other vaccinated guests.
Dining Room: open only to registered retreatants. Reservations for meals from daily visitors will not be accepted.
Liturgy: seating in the chapel reserved for fully vaccinated guests only. No masks or social distancing are required.
Outdoor seating is provided for unvaccinated guests. Masks and social distancing are required outdoors.
Chapel: open for private prayer only when a public liturgy is not in progress; masks and social distancing required.
The Abbey grounds: open to all visitors, vaccinated and unvaccinated; therefore, masks and social distancing are required.
Abbey Books & Gifts: open 7 days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. & from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. to all. Social distancing and masks must be observed while indoors.
The purpose of these decisions is not to pressure guests to be vaccinated, but rather to overcome the restrictions of social distancing. Due to the size of our facilities, social distancing prevents us from accommodating any guests if we are to comply with current regulations. In other words, the alternative to the above is for us to not open.
We appreciate your understanding, patience, cooperation and support as we try to navigate this provisional opening at the Abbey.
Any questions can be directed to the Retreat Office by phone (661) 944-2178 or by email email@example.com.
Peace and blessings,
Abbot Damien and the Monks of Valyermo