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Right next door to the summer pan yard where my steel band practices in nice weather is the Abbey of the Genesee. It is the home to a group of Cistercian monks who follow the contemplative life as prescribed by the Rule of St. Benedict. They are also known as Trappist monks.
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The Abbey of the Genesee was founded in 1951 and is encircled by more than 2000 acres of fields, lawns farmlands and woods. Some of the monks are ordained priests, and some are not. They live in the gently rolling landscape of WNY and bake bread to maintain the monastery.
The monks offer groups and individuals the opportunity to take retreats within their walls and to walk the grounds in contemplation that may lead to a deeper spirituality.
The monk's bread is a local favorite, and they have a store on site for the public. The bread is sold in most local supermarkets as well. There are other items available at the Abbey or on line. My family is fond of the fruit cake during the holiday season.