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Abbey of the Genesee, Piffard

#137 of 414 in Historic Sites in New York State
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The Abbey of the Genesee is a community of more than two dozen contemplative monks located near Piffard in the town of York, New York. They are a member of the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance, commonly known as the Trappists. They were founded from the Abbey of Gethsemani in Bardstown, Kentucky in 1951. The Abbey of the Genesee is well known for its production of "Monks' Bread" which is baked by the monks and sold commercially, providing an income stream to support the monastic community.
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  • I like to stop here to pick up some of the monks’ delicious bread and other baked goods and to stop in the chapel for a quick prayer or meditation. Nourishing for body and soul.  more »
  • A blessed place for anyone seeking both a retreat from the busyness of life and space and time to draw near to God. The peaceful and pastoral setting, the good food (meals are provided at the retreat....  more »
  • Truly wonderful and peaceful place. As a Catholic, I was very moved being here.
  • This is one of my favorite places in the entire world. I’ve stayed at the Bethlehem Retreat house and Mike Souter, the manager, is the best. The cooks are also so helpful and make such tasty hearty and healthy food. Going away every year helps me keep balance. This place has such an anointing, the silence and solitude I am able to have here allows me to be able to hear God clearer. I am forever grateful for this place and to these monks who live a life open to God’s presence and pray each and every day for our world.
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