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About Us

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 are located in western New York ( approx. 30 south of Rochester). 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. . ."

Abbey of the Genesee
3258 RIver Rd
Piffard, NY 14533 

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.

Visit us at:  http://www.geneseeabbey.org/