The Abbey continues to remain closed to the public. Not being a parish, but a residence with elderly monks, we need to take some extra precautions to ensure their safety. When we are ready to reopen, we will announce it on our website, Facebook page, and Instagram account. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Currently, St. Procopius Abbey is not open to the public. A livestream of Mass at the Abbey is available on the St. Procopius Abbey Facebook page (click here). Sunday Mass is at 9:00 AM (CDT) and daily Masses, including on Saturday, are at 7:00 AM (CDT).
While our front desk is closed during the stay-at-home order, you may leave a message for a monk or for the monastery (click here). Your message will be passed on.
During the stay-at-home order, Mass intentions may be requested online (click here).
Abbot Austin G. Murphy, OSB, is the 10th abbot of St. Procopius Abbey. He was born in Huntington, NY, in 1974 and attended the University of Chicago, receiving a BA in Economics in 1995. Soon after graduating, he came into contact with St. Procopius Abbey and, feeling called to the monastic life there, applied and entered. His jobs before becoming abbot have included teaching math and religion as well as being campus minister at the abbey's high school, Benet Academy. He studied for the priesthood at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC, receiving his MA in Theology in 2003 and his MDiv and STB from there in 2004. In 2006, he began doctoral studies at the University of Notre Dame, working in the area of patristics, especially St. Augustine's thought. On June 16, 2016 Abbot Austin successfully defended his dissertation. He was elected abbot on June 24, 2010.
HISTORY OF THE ABBEY
St. Procopius Abbey began in 1885, when a group of Benedictine monks from St. Vincent Archabbey took over the direction of St. Procopius Parish in Chicago. While living the monastic life, the new community served the faith of Czech and Slovak immigrants by founding a high school, college, printing press, and seminary as well as by doing parish work. Operations were transferred to Lisle, outside of Chicago, in the earlier twentieth century. After much apostolic activity, the community in the 1960s refocused its energy on its educational work, as remains the case today. In 1970, the monks moved into a new monastery building and today the community consists of 20 monks.