St Bernard Abbey, Cullman, Alabama – Address, Contacts
St Bernard Abbey is located in 1600 St. Bernard Drive S.E, Cullman and belongs to the Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama 35055, United States of America (USA).
|Diocese||Belongs to the Diocese of Birmingham|
|Google Map Coordinates||34.175113, -86.813856|
St Bernard Abbey Cullman Mass Schedule
(Monday – Friday)- 6:00 am Matins and Lauds
11:55 am Sext
5:00 pm Mass
5:30 pm Vespers (7:15 pm on feast days)
7:15 pm Compline (Wednesday in Private Monastic Cloister)
Saturday- 6:00 a.m Matins and Lauds 6:50 am
11:55 a.m Sext
5:30 p.m Vespers
7:15 p.m Compline
Sunday- 7:00 am Matins and Lauds
10:00 am Sext
10:30 am Mass
5:30 pm Vespers
St Bernard Abbey Cullman Parish Office Days and Hours
Parish Confession Days and Time
St Bernard Abbey Cullman Chapel Adoration Schedule
Parish Short History
In the 1840’s monks from Metten Abbey in Germany, a monastery founded c. 700 A.D., came to America to plant the Benedictine monastic life in the United States and to minister to the growing German-speaking immigrant population.
St. Vincent Archabbey in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, became the first foundation, and in the 1870’s monks from St. Vincent were sent to Alabama to serve the needs of German Catholics there.
In 1891, those monks gathered to establish St. Bernard Abbey in Cullman, Alabama. One year later, 1892, a school was opened at the new abbey.
At overlapping intervals from 1892 to 1979 the monks operated a high school, junior college, four-year college, and seminary. The present St. Bernard Preparatory School, opened in 1984, is the recipient of this Catholic educational heritage.
In 1934 the Ave Maria Grotto, a religious devotional creation of Brother Joseph Zoetle, O.S.B., was dedicated in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary on the Abbey grounds.
This garden walk-through of Brother Joseph’s miniature replicas of famous Old Testament and Christian buildings has welcomed visitors every day since. Most famous among the miniatures are the buildings of ancient Jerusalem, thus the creation’s popular name “Little Jerusalem”.
In 1981 the monks opened the St. Bernard Abbey Retreat and Conference Center. This center welcomes religious retreat and pilgrim groups as well as Abbey guests, school groups and others.