A Christian Silent Retreat

The Abbey of the Genesee

The Abbey of the Genesee, Piffard, NY
The Abbey of the Genesee is a community of monks dedicating themselves to the contemplative life of worship.

May 25-27, 2018  and  October 19-21, 2018

women only – consists of 2 nights, 2 days, 4 meals


The Bethany House  – A stately mansion built by Moses Hayden around 1823, Bethany House is located on the northern tip of the Abbey’s land about a mile and a half from the abbey.

Surrounded by a spacious, shaded yard it is a solid cobblestone structure in the architectural style of Greek Revival. It is said that the stones were collected along nearby Salt Creek and were carefully graded for uniformity by passing them through a bettle ring.

History  –  The Abbey acquired the property in the late nineteen fifties from the Gilmore family and used it for a priests’ retreat house for several years. Recently remodeled it is now a family guest house. When it is not in use by the families of the monks it is available for group retreats.

Interior  –  The first floor consists of a large fully-equipped kitchen, dining room, two spacious living rooms, one bedroom and bath, and a sun porch. The second floor consists of five bedrooms with four bathrooms. The third floor consists of 2 bedrooms, has a kitchen, two, and a community bath.

Accommodations  –  Bed linens and towels are provided. Retreatants need to provide their own toiletries: soap, shampoo, toothpaste, etc. Guests are asked to change their beds before departing.

GodQuest provides for 4 meals: Friday supper, 2 breakfasts, and Sunday Lunch. Retreatants at Bethany prepare their own meals for Saturday lunch and supper sharing the kitchen.  Meals will be in silence expect Friday Supper and Sunday lunch.

Everyone is free to participate in the conferences at the abbey and to join the monastic community for liturgy. Information booklets containing the schedule are available in the house.

Experience a part of the world where peace resides.

Structure of the retreat

Throughout the day, your companions will be…scripture, God’s creation, your journal, and prayer. There will be opportunity to meet with a director for spiritual direction and prayer.

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