The history of the Holy Cross Abbey in Canon City, Colorado

The Abbey in Canon City, CO was actually built as a Monastery. Most visitors are surprised that this Tudor Gothic styled building is not a huge Cathedral, but was built as a Catholic Monastery and was used as such from 1924-2005; originally named The Holy Cross Abbey. The monks opened the Chapel to the public to join them in prayers and mass. Abandon the frantic pace and come to a place of beauty and serenity, take a step back in time and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. We welcome visitors to the campus from 8:30AM – 4:30PM 7 days a week, however the Monastery and business offices are not open on Saturday or Sunday and most Holidays, we do ask that you respect the “Private” and “Not Open to the Public” postings. There are historic photos on display and the Victorian furniture from the Stratmore Hotel in Canon City is still on display in the South Parlor and the historic cemetary for the monks is located just a short walk north of the events center. The Abbey is now privately owned and is offering many event services including a wedding coordinator and its own catering service

The Hedley Dormitory is a 56 room lodging building for retreats or reunions. The Sisters Convent House is a beautiful 2-story Tudor Style Lodge for use to groups of up to 22 guests. It has a conference room, a kitchenette and an outdoor BBQ patio. There are even camping facilities available. The Abbey has Canon City’s largest and most utilized Event Center housed in a modern glassed building behind the Monastery. It is available for all types of parties, receptions, meetings and more. The Abbey catering staff offers menu options that are second to none.

There are a wide variety of events held at the abbey, including BBQ Cook Offs, Home and Garden shows, Weddings and Corporate Retreats, Reunions, Community Events, Ghost Hunting Tours and so much more. Plan a family reunion and stay at The Abbey or just stop in for a self guided tour.

The Abbey is located on 200 acres of property in Canon City, Colorado. The beauty and history of the building make it a must see when in the area visiting the Royal Gorge, White Water Rafting, Shopping for Antiques or Searching for Fossils in Garden Park.

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This Tudor Gothic styled building was a former Catholic Monastery for Monks in the Order of St. Benedict from 1924-2005. The monks have since joined other Monasteries in different locations throughout the country. The Monastery and Historic Abbey Campus is now privately owned and is enhancing the 200 acres to preserve the beauty and history of this Cañon City, Colorado Landmark! Some of the buildings located on this campus are rented out to various individuals, groups and organizations. The Abbey Business, Events Coordinators, Wedding Coordinator Offices, as well as, the Parlor, Chapel, and the Brides and Groomsmen Rooms are located on the 1st floor of the Monastery. Abandon the frantic pace and come to a place of beauty and serenity. Take a step back in history of hundreds of former Monks and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the former Chapel during your visit here. The Parlor located in the southwestern corner of the Monastery was used by the monks as a waking parlor for those that passed away from this congregation. The historic cemetery for the monks is located just a short walk north of the Events Center.
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One Response to The history of the Holy Cross Abbey in Canon City, Colorado

  1. Dena Stevens says:

    And……The Abbey is the Center of our Canon City Community! This is a great place to meet up or show off to out of town visitors!

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