Before the First War the abbey was the primary location of worship in the kingdom but it was destroyed by the orcish Horde at the end of the war. It has since been rebuilt and is the home to numerous religious organizations.
The Northshire Abbey is the chief temple of the Abbatial Province of Elwynn Forest and a very imporant outpost of the Diocese of Stormwind and the Cathedral of Light. The Abbey is lead by an Abbot who has, in the past, been appointed by the Bishop of Stormwind.
The temple plays an important central role to the Church of the Holy Light and its various organizations. The Independent Paladin Assembly, the Congregation of the Silver Hand, the Reformed Congregation of the Silver Hand, the Silver Hand Council, the Council of Bishops, the College of Canons, the Northshire Templar, the Holy See, and the Holy League have meetings regularly within the illustrious Hall of Arms or the Northshire Abbey Library and Scriptorium.