St. Joseph’s Abbey in Spencer, Mass.

by Jahnabi Barooah

I recently had the great blessing of going on a week-long Buddhist-Christian monastic retreat with friends from the Harvard Divinity School. We started at the New England Buddhist Vihara in Grafton, a small community of the most adorable Sri Lankan Theravadin monks, then spent a day at the Empty Bell, a Buddhist-Christian retreat center in Northampton, and concluded our retreat at St. Joseph’s Abbey in Spencer. Below are some photos that I took at St. Joseph’s Abbey:

St. Joseph's Abbey Church

St. Joseph’s Abbey Church     

St. Joseph's Abbey retreat center

St. Joseph’s Abbey retreat center


Magnificent cross outside the gift shop


Stained glass inside the church

Is that the sun or the moon in the sky? 🙂


Oh look, how beautiful!