Vocation Profile - Abbey of the Genesee

Abbey of the Genesee

Br. Anthony Weber O.C.S.O.
Vocation Director
3258 River Road
Piffard, NY 14533

585-243-0660
anthonyweber@geneseeabbey.org
www.geneseeabbey.org

International?Yes
Professed members28
Year founded1951
Generalate/motherhouseRome, Italy
Province/federation

(Arch)dioceses
Rochester, NY
Mission
This is a Roman Catholic community of contemplative monks, belonging to the Cistercian Order of the Strict Observance, more commonly known as Trappists. The monks are dedicated to the worship of God in a hidden life within the monastery following the Rule of Saint Benedict. Theirs is a life of solitude and silence, prayer and penance, in a joyful spirit of faith. The monastic community supports itself by the common work of baking Monks’ Bread. Other work includes cooking, laundry, cleaning, hospitality, formation of new members, and care of the sick and elderly of the community. The community is cloistered and has no outside ministry. Guests are received for quiet, private retreats at one of three retreat houses. The monastic day begins with Vigils at 2:25 a.m. and ends with Compline at 6:40 p.m. There is a good balance between prayer, reading, and work, all lived in fraternal love and support. Silence is practiced seriously. Some of the brothers are priests; most are not.
Qualifications
Applicants should be between 25 and 50 years of age, practicing Roman Catholics in good standing and free from all moral and financial obligations. They need to be in good physical and mental health and possess above average spiritual and emotional maturity required for a cloistered life in community. At least a high school education is required and some work experience, ministry or military service.
Formation
The monks have a one month observership, a six month postulancy, two year novitiate and a minimum of three years of temporary profession before making solemn vows for life.
Age range/limit
25-50
Belated vocations?
No

IRL Blog

Vocation Blog

A blog about vocations to the consecrated life.
  • Late in 2016, two sisters from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy were sent  to the St. John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, DC, to minister to the many pilgrims who come to this sacred place. You will know these sisters as the community which St. Faustina entered in 1925 and received the … Continue reading Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy at the St. John Paul II National Shrine →

  • In West Springfield, Massachusetts, on a busy street, up on a hill, is the Dominican Monastery of the Mother of God. Their presence there silently proclaims to the passers-by their faith in God and their desire to belong wholly to Him. Their foundress, Mother Mary Hyacinth of Jesus, entered the Dominican Sisters of the Perpetual … Continue reading West Springfield Dominican Nuns – Back to Basics →

  • Young People That young people may respond generously to their vocations and seriously consider offering themselves to God in the priesthood or consecrated life. For more information, please visit the Apostleship of Prayer.