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The Abbey of the Genesee Piffard NY Monks' Bread Cistercians Trappist Monk


As described in our Constitutions our community belongs to ". . . a monastic institute wholly ordered to contemplation. The monks dedicate themselves to the worship of God in a hidden life within the monastery under the Rule of St. Benedict. They lead a monastic way of life in solitude and silence, in assiduous prayer and joyful penitence. . ."

Located in the picturesque and historic Genesee River Valley we live close to the rhythms of nature. Within our monastic enclosure are some 1,200 acres of forest, ravines, rolling hills and a meandering creek. Wild life indigenous to Western New York abounds. In addition, we have another 1,200 acres of woods and farm lands which serve to maintain our rural solitude.

At the present time there are some 35 of us in the community spanning several generations. Some are ordained to the priesthood but most are not. There is also a list of our brothers who have passed away on our Deceased of Genesee page.

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