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Abbey of the Genesee

  • PO Box 900
  • 3258 River Road
  • Piffard, New York 14533
  •   (585) 243-0660
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A community of contemplative monks living according to the Rule of St. Benedict and the Constitutions of the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance, more commonly known as Trappists. Striving to seek God and follow Christ under a rule and an abbot in a stable community that is a school of brotherly love.

Presently the monks bake delicious breads three days a week. The bread is sold to a local distributor for distribution to supermarkets in Rochester, Buffalo and Syracuse, New York. Monks' Bread is also available at our own outlet in our reception room at the Abbey.

Store Hours:
8 AM to 11 AM, 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM and 5:30 to 6:30 PM.
Besides baking bread, the monks also bake a date and nut loaf, brownies and several varieties of fruitcakes.

We welcome visitors to join the community for liturgical prayer in the Abbey Church or to spend time in quiet solitary prayer.

Church and reception room: 2 AM -7 PM
Bookstore: open throughout the day
Bread Store: 8 AM - 11 AM; 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM; 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Because we are a cloistered monastery, there are no tours of the abbey offered to visitors. A porter is available to answer questions and provide assistance. We have a meeting room, Merton Hall, where we receive groups for video or slide presentations and talks on monastic life.

We are five miles west of Geneseo, 35 miles south of Rochester, and 55 miles east of Buffalo.
From 390: Exit 390 at the Geneseo exit, proceeding west on 20A, through Geneseo to 63 North, to the River Road intersection in Piffard. Continue to 3258 River Rd. | Piffard, NY 14533
from NYS Thruway I-90: Exit I-90 at the Batavia exit, take 63 South to the River Road intersection in Piffard. Continue to 3258 River Rd. | Piffard, NY 14533