Subiaco Abbey is a Benedictine monastery located in Logan County,
States, in the Arkansas River valley. Subiaco Abbey and its associated academy are
major features of the town of Subiaco, Arkansas.
It is located within the Roman Catholic Diocese of
the Abbot of St. Meinrad Archabbey in Indiana, Martin
Marty, negotiated with an agent of the LR&FS (Little Rock and
Fort Smith) Railroad Company for in Arkansas for the establishment
of a Benedictine monastery for men and an additional for the
foundation of a monastery for Benedictine women.
agreement received the support of Bishop Edward Fitzgerald of Little Rock,
Arkansas, who was in need of German-speaking priests for his
The original foundation of the abbey was made on March 15, 1878,
upon the arrival of three monk-missionaries from St. Meinrad
Archabbey. Due to financial and personnel difficulties, St. Meinrad
Archabbey requested assistance. In the fall of 1887, the Einsiedeln
Abbey, Switzerland sent eight novices and a
Two of these were Brother Gall D'Aujourd'hui and
Father Wolfgang Schlumpf.
In 1891, the name of the abbey was changed from St. Benedict's
. The third
of Subiaco, Paul Nahlen, obtained
Pope Pius XII
's blessing for the
construction of the present church on the campus. This act is
depicted in one of the 182 stained-glass frescoes in St. Benedict
Abbey Church on the campus.
Over the years, the Benedictine monks at Subiaco have pursued
various spiritual, agricultural, and commercial endeavors. First
works, then the
establishment of Subiaco Academy, a university-preparatory
The abbey maintained a dairy
that effort was abandoned in 1964 with an open auction of the dairy
Academy has international students mainly from South Korea and Mexico.
also students from; China, Belarus, Spain, and
The academy has a sports program consisting of football,
basketball, baseball, tennis, golf, and track and field.
The tennis team won the state championship in 2008.
The abbey has bred purebred Black Angus
, the cultivation of grapes and other fruits, as well as
cattle feed crops (hay) and stands of timber
The abbey has maintained an electronic commerce website
where products made at the abbey are sold.
The products consist primarily of candy and food seasonings.
Subiaco Academy is a boarding/day school of Catholic tradition for
any qualified young man in grades 8 through 12. Located on a campus
in Arkansas River Valley and the Ozark mountains of western
Arkansas, Subiaco offers college preparatory classes, with
co-curricular activities including sports, arts and music and
outdoor activities including hiking, camping, fishing, swimming,
boating, water skiing and kayaking.
The college placement rate for graduates is 100%. The academy's
goal is to challenge students to grow - mind, body and
Coury House Retreat Center
Subiaco provides accommodation for friends of the abbey, family
members of academy students, and in accordance with the Rule of St Benedict
, anyone who comes in
peace. Visitor accommodations are made at the Coury House Retreat
Center, an hotel-like establishment on the campus that provides
room and board to visitors—including married couples—who wish to
experience the spiritual renewal and solitude of the Subiaco Abbey
KNWA-TV, a Fort Smith,
Arkansas television station, produced a half-hour report on
the history of the Abbey and Academy in March 2009.