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Life at Santa Rita Abbey

Santa Rita Abbey is a Cistercian monastery, a school of charity and of the Lord’s service. We follow the Rule of St. Benedict with its balance of prayer, work and sacred reading shared in a monastic community.

It is a place where love of God, neighbor, and all creation come together in a life of prayer, sincere conversion, humble service, simplicity and joy.

We were founded in 1972 in the high desert of Southern Arizona, a land of wide vistas and large sky where our monastery nestles in the foothills of the Santa Rita Mountains. 


  • Age: Our age limit is twenty-one through forty.
  • Health: The life requires solid physical and mental health.
  • Community: Though we live in a general atmosphere of quietude, the life is highly communal, and the ability to live and work together is essential.
  • Responsibilities: A woman should be free of debt and the necessity to care for others.
  • Capacity for maturity: The life requires growth in maturity of judgment and choice. A strong and reliable sense of humor is essential.
  • Converts: A person needs two or three years of living her faith outside of a monastic structure, in the environment of the Catholic tradition.


Hear My Story

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Our sisters share their journeys to monastic life.

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See Our Daily Routine

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Schedules are there to focus and channel our energies in a particular direction.

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Do You Have Questions?

If you should like to ask questions, write to Sr. Victoria via our email address, sracommty@gmail.com, use the contact form above, or our US Postal address: Sr Victoria at Santa Rita Abbey, 14200 E Fish Canyon Road, Sonoita, AZ 85637-6545. We’d love to hear from you.

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