My family and I stayed at Mt Saviour while vacationing in New York State in June 2013. We stayed in a converted farmhouse, thoroughly renovated, that was attached to a larger retreat facility. The hospitality of the monks was very much appreciated. Because I am a grad student at a Catholic seminary operated by a Benedictine monastic community, we are experienced at staying in monastic guest facilities, which can range from very primitive to almost luxurious. Mt Savior offers very comfortable quarters with bath, kitchen and sleeping rooms. All the rooms are a little different. Male guests may join the monks for breakfast and lunch (see the Guest Brother). The grounds are extremely beautiful to walk and enjoy. The monks operate a thriving sheep operation and a small apple orchard. Guests are welcome to help out with these activities. Nearby are the cities of Elmira and Corning. Lots to see and do in the area. But Mt Saviour will be especially appreciated by those who want to spend a large part (if not all) of their time in quiet prayer and contemplation. The Liturgy of the Hours was beautiful. My son and I were invited to join the community for lunch which observed Great Silence, a monk reading a history of monastic life. The food was simple but delicious. Rather than a fixed nightly fee, the monks accept a donation (recommended $55 per night per person).
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