Standing at the spiritual center of this Benedictine monastic community, the Church is a visible sign of God’s presence in the midst of a living fellowship. As a permanent testimony to the love and faithfulness of God, the Church of the Transfiguration visually proclaims the message that all earthly life has heavenly meaning, and in all things God may be glorified. The name of the Church also reflects an essential part of the hopeful message of the gospel, that in Christ, and by the power of the Holy Spirit, it is possible for our lives to be transformed more and more into the likeness of Christ.
Constructed of Minnesota limestone, and designed by William Rawn Associates of Boston, the Church is a contemporary expression of an ancient fourth century style of architecture, featuring a long rectangular nave, a rounded apse at the east end, narrow side aisles, a peaked timber roof, and interior columns and arches along the side aisles. The organ is a restoration and expansion of pipework from twelve organs built by the E.M. Skinner Organ Company in the early twentieth century.
Guided tours of the church are offered on Monday – Saturday (closed Wednesday) from 10 am to 4 PM. On Fridays, following the 3:00 pm Tour, there is an organ demonstration on the E.M. Skinner Organ in the Church. Church tours are available on Sundays following Eucharist. In addition, Priory Books & Gifts is open after Eucharist on Sundays until 3:00 pm. Phone: 508-247-3194 Email
Please Note: The Church will be closed and there will be no tours on Thursday, November 14th, and Monday, November 18th.
Friday, November 15th there will be no tours and no organ demonstration, but the Church will be open for a quick look for visitors.
Saturday, November 16th there will be no tours, but the Church will be open for a quick look for visitors.
Thank you for helping us to preserve the monastic character of our life by wearing modest attire during your visit, especially while in the Church of the Transfiguration.
Wednesdays the Community observes monastic enclosure. The Church of the Transfiguration and Priory Books & Gifts are closed. Thank you for respecting these times of quiet. (The Community also observes a few extended periods of enclosure through the year, during which we are closed to the public. Please be sure to check the website for possible changes in the schedule).
Sanctuary Floor Mosaic, Church of the Transfiguration
Watch the creation of the floor mosaic from original painted drawings, to studios in Ravenna, Italy, and installation on Cape Cod, MA.
Frescos at the Church of the Transfiguration
Silvestro Pistolesi from Florence, Italy, and members of the Community of Jesus Fresco Guild paint buon frescoes (true frescoes) for the Church of the Transfiguration, Orleans, MA.
West Wall Glass, Church of the Transfiguration
The design and fabrication of the glass sculpture on the west wall at the Church of the Transfiguration, Cape Cod, MA.
Bell Tower, Church of the Transfiguration
The design and construction of the Bell Tower at the Church of the Transfiguration, Rock Harbor, Orleans, MA.