Abbey of the Genesee, Piffard

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.Monks' BreadThe monks' work largely consists of baking a brand of bread called Monks' Bread which is available commercially in Rochester, New York and other nearby markets in western New York. The sale of the bread helps support the abbey and its inhabitants. The bread was first prepared solely for the monks by one of the community, and a demand for loaves from outsiders gradually led to the commercial operation.The bread is baked several times each week in the early hours of the morning. For that reason the monks go to bed around seven at night in order to rise about two in the morning. For reasons of security and hygiene, it is not possible to observe the baking process except through slides and photographs.Several varieties of bread are baked, including white, whole wheat, multi-grain, and raisin, along with a number of other products such as jams and fruitcakes.VisitorsThe abbey is open from 2:00 am until 7:00 pm. Casual visitors are able to enter only a restricted part of the abbey. The abbey is open to serious individual guests and small groups who wish to make a retreat and avail themselves of the counseling of the monks. A small fee is charged to cover expenses.
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  • We stop here every time we visit from out of state....great Monk's Bread & other goodies to buy. We stock up and love all of their food that is sold there. Also, the chapel is wonderful and it is trul...  more »
  • I have gone on retreat here 4 or 5 times over the years. I hadn't been back for nearly 30 years and it was the first time for my wife after all the times I had told her about the place. We spent a cou...  more »
  • A visit to the grounds and chapel at the Abbey will give you a feeling of peace and calm. The bread and bakery items are exceptional.  more »
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  • A silent retreat at this most holy refugee has truly presented an opportunity to commune oneself with Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The Abbey of the Genesee is a most sacred place where one can experience the joy, love, mercy and magnificence of our Lord.
  • My stay was peaceful and the Abbey was really beautiful in it's rustic setting.
  • I learned of this Abbey through Henri Nouwen's Genessee Diary in which he wrote about his stay here. I gained insights into this wonderful place and its people. It is a beautiful place to finally visit first hand.
  • It is so beautiful and peaceful here. They have many wonderful things in their shop, including their famous bread and other treats.
  • Such a beautiful and peaceful place to visit. the bread store is great and now they sell flavored roasted coffee.
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