1887 - Logan County, Arkansas
Subiaco Abbey is named for the Italian village where St. Benedict lived in a cave, then founded the Benedictine Order. Much like the Benedictine Abbey in Atchison-KS, Subiaco was founded mid-to-late 19th century as part of an expansion amoung roman Cantholic communities into Midwestern states. Subiaco Abbey houses a community of 42 Benedictine monks who operate their own fields, livestock, make peanut brittle, manage a retreat center, and still have time to teach and nuture the minds of high schoolers at the all-boys boarding school Benedictine Academy which dates back to 1887.
Subiaco is well-worth going out-of-one's-way - should you be looking for a peaceful adventure while nearby Paris, Arkansas or south of the Arkansas River, west from Little Rock. Without appointment we explored the abbey, church, and manicured grounds; with frequent, and peaceful opportunities to take in the distant rolling Ozarkian agraria.
Cemetery within rolling Arkansas landscape.
Belltower viewed from within cloister courtyard.
Stained glass window in transept.
Cloiseter courtyard & arcade.
Statue of St. Bernadette kneeling at the Grotto dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes.