There is something special about the Price of Peace Abbey in Oceanside. You cannot deny the overwhelming sense of serenity as soon as you are on Abbey grounds, winding up the long driveway off Benet Road. The Benedictine monks’ tranquility emanates in all directions.
Although the Prayer Walk, with its canyon and ocean views, is enough of an Oceanside escape, my favorite thing on the hill has to be the Abbey Church. The church was designed by a renowned Mexican architect/artist/friar, Father Gabriel Chávez de la Mora, O.S.B. From 1980 to 1987 donations poured in so the church could be completed. Father Gabriel Chávez de la Mora is known for his sense of austerity and simplicity, ridding churches of an over abundance of religious imagery (a risky move for a sacral architect). The vibrant colors of the stained glass windows, the polished wood, the beautiful artwork all culminates into utter perfection.
With cobalt blue tiles, the church exterior is very nice, but you have no idea the extent of its beauty unless you stop hopping on by.