I remember my friend from the monastery Brother Mark.He was such a
peaceful, humble man.I hope the remaining monks are taken cafe of. ^_^
I too visited this monastery on a couple of occasions and know colleagues who
went there for the peace the place afforded from this beautiful, but crazy
world. The kindest souls made bread and honey...but best of all, they were
truly interested in their customers. May our Heavenly Father bless you, all!
Shame on those who have driven this monastery out of Huntsville.
Please, read the article. The monastery isn't being driven out. There are
not enough monks young enough to maintain it. They currently do not even have
the resources to train newcomers if they were to join.
@ John Charity Spring--Perhaps you misunderstood: the monastery is not
being driven out of Huntsville. The monastery is not attracting new monks. As a
result, those few remaining (only 10) are too few and are not physically able to
manage the workload of the income-producing activities which supported the
monastery. I suppose you could say "shame" on young people who either
don't feel or don't respond to the monastic calling, but it seems a
stretch to accuse them of "driving this monastery out of Huntsville."I am saddened that the monastery is on the way out. It is truly a place
of refuge in a beautiful valley. We loved going there to buy honey and
interacting with the brothers there. I hope they are found a peaceful home for
their waning years.
John, did you understand the article?No one has driven the Monastery away,
there just were no men coming to join the order in recent decades. The men who
remain there now are very aged, and many have passed away. Why would someone
using the pseudonym "Charity" make such an unkind comment?
The monastery has been a good neighbor and we're going to miss them.
Father Allen has been especially neighborly, helping others when they were in
need.@John Charity Spring;The monastery is not being
"driven out". They have had no new recruits for several years now and
the brothers are all getting (very) old. Did you bother to even read the
article? They've been there an average of 60 years; they have 10 brothers
left is all.
Its a shame that the monastery is closing. I've stayed at the Trappist
monastery in, Conyers Georgia, and they seem to be going great guns.I wonder why there is such a difference in their fates?
I don't think anybody drove the monastery out. Without new recruits
joining the monastery can't survive. It is a sad thing, but certainly a
sign of these secular times.
I am sorry. I loved going there and I loved their honey. It will be greatly
I grew up in northern Utah and went to the monastery several times. Their bread
and honey were the best available anywhere, the monks were friendly and they
were well received by the entire community. It is sad that their numbers are
dwindling to the point that they can't sustain themselves. Sad to see it
I’m curious why the monks don’t rent out their monastery as a
retreat center? This seems to be the model for most of the thriving monasteries
around the country, with many having a rotating group of extended stay residents
taking on many of the duties necessary to run the grounds.Seems a
shame to close such a beautiful place for want of willingness to change the
I have visited the monastery a number of times over the years, beginning in my
childhood. In times past we enjoyed eggs, bread, and honey from the monastery. I
appreciated the devout brethren and the serene atmosphere. A few years ago we
took our kids up there and got to sample the wonderful wit of one of the leading
brethren. But even then he admitted that the monastery's days were
numbered, since steadily fewer people were seeking a life of devoted asceticism.
I visit the monastey three times. In 2008 I met Fr's' David Altman,
Leander, Patrick, Br Thomas and associates. I enjoyed the quitness and the
chanting of prayers. My first time enjoying lunch with Monks from the Cistercian
order. I will miss you but we will meet as Fr Patrick said " on the way to
heaven" May God bless you all for the work and frienship to all people out
there. Johan Van Rooyen.
@Tyler D;They do retreats if you're interested.
I mean no disrespect here, but I'm curious. Can someone explain the reason
for the name "Father Mary Patrick?"
That's a real shame. There is such an ethereal atmosphere in that
monastery. I wonder if the Catholic Church is going to sell the property to
someone who will build more condos or time shares. I sure hate to see something
this unique, especially to Utah, fade into the misty halls of the past. This is
I remember feeling sad when the beautiful St.Mary's school on the east
bench of Salt Lake was torn down. Such a shame.
One old man: Can you explain Carroll O'Connor? Catholic priests and nuns
take the names of saints and other biblical figures. Sometimes they choose t
xheir names and sometimes they are assigned to them. They are meant to convey
reverence and respect and personal association.
So when they do close, where will the brothers live? I wish that had been
explained better.Maybe they don't know yet?
The Monks may get transfered to the mother monastery in Kentucky, called
Getsemani. This was where the Cistercian order started in Northern America
before one daughter monastery was formed in Huntsville Utah in the 1940.
John Charity Spring,Think of your middle name before making
unfounded and thoughtless remarks.