When the monks arrived from The Abbey of Gethsemani in the spring of 1951, one of the founders, Br. Sylvester, began baking a wholesome, old fashioned loaf of bread for the community and a few guests in their temporary monastery now known as Bethlehem retreat house. Before long guests and visitors were asking to purchase this unique loaf.
To respond to the demand for bread, now known as Monks' Bread, it was decided to incorporate a small bakery in the new Abbey the monks were building. By the spring of 1956 requests for the bread increased to such an extent that a large modern bakery was set in operation to meet them. Today that bakery, continually upgraded and improved, is still in operation producing eleven varieties of Monks' Bread and a variety of cakes and cookies.
Pictured here is the cooling tower where the loaves are cooled after leaving the oven and entering the automated slicers.
OUR 9 VARITIES
All of these varieties are available in the recently renovated bread store here at the Abbey and from our on-line store.