Abbey of the Genesee

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The Abbey of the Genesee is home to some 30 contemplative monks belonging to the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance also known as Trappists.

Founded from the Abbey of Gethsemani in 1951 monastic life at Genesee is made up of a balanced daily round of prayer, lectio divina and manual labor in an atmosphere of simplicity, silence and fraternal support.

The natural beauty, silence and solitude of the verdant Genesee River Valley so conducive for the contemplative life provides an ideal location for the monastery.

The Abbey of the Genesee is a community of contemplative monks belonging to the world-wide Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance (O.C.S.O.) more commonly known as Trappists. We were founded from the Abbey of Gethsemani, Trappist, KY in the spring of 1951.

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 30 of us in the community spanning several generations. Some are ordained to the priesthood but most are not.

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