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Monastery of the Holy Cross


3101 S. Aberdeen St.




Sat, Oct 15: 10am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 16: 10am - 5pm

Photography Permitted Washrooms Available


Hermann J. Gaul, 1909


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Saturday, October 15: 12:00pm Gregorian Chant: Short talk with sung demonstration  12:45pm Divine Office (Short chanted prayer)  2:00pm What Does a Monk Do?: Short talk about the essence of contemplative monastic life  2:30pm Divine Office (Short chanted prayer)  5:15pm Divine Office (Chanted Vespers)   Sunday, October 16: 10:00am Mass (Visitors welcome to observe; may come and go)  12:45pm Divine Office (Short chanted prayer)  2:00pm What Makes a Church a “Sacred Space?”: Short talk about the architecture and theology of the church building  4:30pm Gregorian Chant: Short talk with sung demonstration  5:15pm Divine Office (Chanted Vespers)


The Monastery of the Holy Cross is a significant early work of architect Hermann J. Gaul, a renowned ecclesial architect of the early 20th century. Recognized for its complex high-vaulted ceiling, the church was constructed between 1908 and 1909 for the German-speaking "national parish" of the Immaculate Conception. The church is an example of the German Gothic Revival style incorporating high-Gothic design elements such as a high gabled triple-arch entrance, expressive gargoyles and 14 Gothic-arched, highly decorated Stations of the Cross. Additionally, the church has magnificent acoustic qualities. The parish was closed in 1990, and the Benedictine monastic community was invited to make the building into a unique urban monastery the following year. While some of the original furnishings were lost after the closure, the monks have added religious treasures, including altarpiece icons produced in the traditional Byzantine egg tempera method by internationally renowned iconographer Vladislav Andrejev.

Visitor Experience

Visitors are welcome to pursue self-guided tours of the historic monastery church, providing a unique glimpse into life in a cloistered monastic community; this includes access to the church during the numerous times of chanted communal prayer in this superb acoustic space, giving visitors an aural as well as visual appreciation of this building.