Formed: 1951 Established: 1951
This page last updated:3/12/2013
Abbey of the Genesee
Piffard, New York,
We are a Roman Catholic community of monks wholly ordered to contemplation, belonging to the Cistercian Order of the Strict Observance, more commonly known as Trappists. The monks are dedicated to the worship of God in a hidden life within the monastery following the Rule of St. Benedict. They lead a life of solitude and silence, prayer and penance, in a joyful spirit of faith. The monastic community supports itself by the common work of baking Monks' Bread. In addition, the brothers help out on the farm and with cooking, laundry, cleaning, hospitality, formation of new members, and care of the sick and elderly of the community. The community is cloistered and has no outside ministry. Guests are received for quiet, private retreats at the retreat house. The monastic day begins with vigils at 2:25 a.m. and ends with compline at 6:40 p.m. Throughout the day there is a good balance between prayer, reading, and work, all lived in fraternal love and support. Silence is practiced seriously. The brothers speak only when necessary and then as briefly as possible. Some of the brothers are priests; most are not. At the end of their formation program candidates take the monastic vows and remain with the community for the rest of their lives.
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Former/Other Names: Our Lady of the Genesee
This page last updated:3/12/2013
Visitor Process: The reception room is open from 2:10 a.m until 7:00 p.m. Visitors are welcome anytime. They may visit the Abbey Church, our bookstore, and our Monks' Bread outlet. Arrangements for group visits for a presentation on monastic life can be made by calling the Abbey at 585-243-0660.
Statement of Housing Non-discrimination:
Our community is a legally sanctioned church or religious organization and living in our community is restricted to members of that religion as allowed by law. Our religion does not discriminate based on race, color, or national origin. Housing in our community is non-commercial (i.e. not intended to make a profit).
Members(adults and children):
By the community leader
Leadership Core Group:
(The monastic council assists the abbot.)
Labor and Money
100% income sharing
Open to Members with Pre-existing Debt:
(Our community work is baking Monks' Bread and all able bodied members work in the bakery.)
Land and Buildings
2400 acres (971.2 hectares)
Land Owned By:
Number of Residences:
(Three guest houses in addition to the Abbey)
Percentage of Food Grown:
Share Community Meals:
Nearly all meals
Dietary Choice or Restrictions:
We all share a common diet
Common Spiritual Practices:
Which Spiritual Traditions(s):
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