Church of the Week: Abbey of Gethsemani

One of my favorite places of worship is the Abbey of Gethsemani, the Trappist monastery I discovered about ten years ago through Thomas Merton's writings (Gethsemani was his monastery).

I've been enjoying annual prayer retreats to this place about an hour or so south of Louisville since around 2000 or 2001.

Founded December 21, 1848, and made an abbey in 1851, Gethsemani is situated on more than 2,000 acres of farmland, and considered to be the "mother house" of all Trappist and Trappistine monasteries in the United States of America. It is the oldest monastery in the U.S. that is still in use.

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