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Abbey of the Genesee, Piffard

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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 and 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 order, 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 a.m. 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 to the counseling of the monks. A small fee is charged to cover expenses.
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  • The Abbey is set in a very pastoral area near Geneseo. As you enter the driveway, notice the three boulders situated on the side of road signifying the Holy Trinity. Inside the abbey is a store sellin...  more »
  • One of the greatest gems in the USA. The Abbey is small but a wonderful place to sit and pray, meditate, or just be in the presence of the Lord. The grounds are beautiful especially in the summer. Qui...  more »
  • We stopped to visit as we had heard of their bread and jellies, and wanted to see the chapel. The gift store selection of homemade breads and jams was just what we wanted. They do have other gift item...  more »
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  • This is a wonderful place to contemplate God and His role in nature and the charity of people. This is a stunning place in the summer time to take a stroll, go to Mass in a reverent and quiet atmosphere, and an excellent place to heal and repair your heart and mind before you go back out to the world. And the bread is awesome too :) -- Cinnamon Raisin- toast it, put some butter on it and it makes a mean breakfast!