O Mary

Health of the sick, pray for us

Updated: March 23, 2020

Our response to COVID-19

To help protect the health and safety of all who live, work, and visit the Abbey during the COVID-19 pandemic, and after carefully monitoring the news, listening to the recommendations of health authorities and following the directives of the Vancouver Archdiocese, Westminster Abbey has implemented the following measures:

GATE CLOSED @ 5:00 p.m.
  • At this time, all buildings are closed to the public except for the abbey church, which will have limited access during the day. (Please see “Abbey Church” below.)
  • No access to public washrooms.
  • We are requiring visitors to wash their hands at the sink inside the entrance to the abbey church.
  • We are asking visitors to postpone coming to the abbey church or to enjoy the grounds if they are ill or know they have had contact with someone who is ill with the coronavirus.
  • We encourage everyone to practice a safe social distance of two meters to help protect each other from this virus.
  • The guesthouse is closed indefinitely (See “Guesthouse” below).
Abbey Church
  • Confession is available on Sundays from 9:30-9:50 a.m. or by appointment. Please call: 604.826.8975.
  • We regret that, by order of our Church authority, we cannot hold public times of worship during this period of the Covid-19 pandemic. However, at other times of day the Abbey Church will be open for private prayer in keeping with the following schedule:

7:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
6:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
1:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Gate locked at 5:00 p.m.
Gate locked around 5:15 p.m.

Holy Week and the Triduum

Palm Sunday
Church and grounds open as above for Sundays.

Holy Thursday
Church and grounds open as on weekdays above.

Good Friday
Both entrance gate and church closed all day.

Holy Saturday
Church and grounds open as on weekdays above.

Easter Sunday
Grounds open as on Sundays, but Church only open in afternoon 2:00-4:15 p.m. Confessions as on Sundays.

Easter Monday
Church and grounds open as above for Sundays

N.B. On these days, if people want to make appointments for confession, we’ll try to accommodate them in the guesthouse dining room.

  • If you have current reservations for the Abbey Guesthouse and have any questions or concerns, please contact the Guestmaster, Father Mark at info@westminsterabbey.ca or call 604.826.8975.
Seminary of Christ the King
  • Major seminarians have returned home and will resume classes through online learning until the end of the school year.
  • Nazareth House seminarians will function in isolation.
  • Minor seminarians are on a two week spring break. Courses that can be continued online will resume March 30. Teachers and formators will be in touch. Should the possibility of students returning open to us we will let families know immediately.
Praying without Ceasing

Above all, we want our guests, visitors and the general public to know that we will not cease to raise our voices to God, our Merciful Father, on your behalf. As we journey together through the hardships of this difficult time, let us pray that the Lord transform our fear or anxiety into a firm faith and steadfast hope. Let us reach out to the lonely and the needy and to those who can be easily forgotten during these days.

In Christ,

Abbot John Braganza, osb
and the Monastic Community

For the Vancouver archdiocesan response to Covid-19, go to: https://rcav.org/coronavirus/