The COVID-19 pandemic continues and is moving into its third year with new variants appearing as the virus spreads among the population.

Here at the Mountain, we need to be attentive to the health of the entire community, including our resident friars, guests and others who visit by following best practices set by public health and church officials. We ask that people inquiring about being an overnight guest at Mt. Irenaeus note these safety guidelines:

  • Discuss your COVID-19 vaccination status with Fr. Lou or whoever takes your call.
  • For several days prior to your visit to Mt. Irenaeus, please take special care to follow CDC guidelines such as avoiding close contact with people who are ill, wearing a mask in public places, etc.
  • All overnight guests should be fully vaccinated, including a booster shot. Please bring a copy of your vaccination card with you when you come to the Mountain.


In cases where guests could not get vaccinated, such as for young children or due to underlying health issues, we ask that you speak with Fr. Lou or whoever takes your call about these protocols:

  • Unvaccinated overnight guests take a COVID-19 test two days before arrival at the Mountain to ensure that they are negative for COVID. Please bring a copy of the record with you.
  • Unvaccinated people will need to wear a mask whenever they are indoors with others such as in the chapel or the House of Peace.
  • For everyone’s safety, unvaccinated people will generally prepare their own food and eat it in their cabins since eating requires the removal of your mask.

These guidelines supersede any previous verbal, written or electronic guidance. As the pandemic evolves, so may these guidelines.

We thank you for your understanding. Let us all continue to pray for everyone impacted by COVID-19.

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