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Piffard, N.Y. The Abbey of the Genesee


About the Abbey of the Genesee:

The Abbey of the Genesee is a Roman Catholic 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. They were founded from the Abbey of Gethsemani, Trappist, KY in the spring of 1951. As Cistercians they follow the Rule of St Benedict, and so are part of the larger Benedictine family as well. Their lives are dedicated to seeking union with God, through Jesus Christ, in a community of sisters or brothers.


Liturgical Services at The Abbey of the Genesee:

Services are offered daily and are open to the public.  They include Vigils, Lauds, Mass (after Lauds), Sext, Vespers and Compline. You can find the daily schedule on their website.


Their are facilites for both individual and group retreats through their Abbey Retreats Ministry,  including lodging and home-cooked meals.  You can find more information on this page.


Monastic Immersion Guest Program:

The monks at the Abbey of the Genesee have begun a new in-house guest program that will provide participants with an extended experience of contemplative monastic life inside the enclosure, living alongside the monastic community and sharing its life for a period of a month or more. The program is open to single Catholic men under 50 who are attracted to monastic life but not necessarily considering a lifelong vocation. Contact the program director, Fr. Isaac Slater at IsaacSlater@GeneseeAbbey.org for more information.

Their store features Monk’s Bread, their artisan bread, plus many other products made by the monks. You will also find many religious articles for sale here as well. And….you can order online if you can’t make it to the Abbey.

Traveling to the Abbey of the Genesee:

The Abbey is located in the beautiful Finger Lakes area of New York State.  The nearest airport would be in Rochester.

Address:    3258 River Rd.,  Piffard, NY 14533

Tel:  +1 (585) 243-0660)

Click here for the official website of the Abbey of the Genesee.

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