Abbey Donation Projects


When we began this project, we could only offer very simple drawings.

Thanks to the generosity of an architectural design company, we can show renderings of the gatehouse plans.

Thanks to the people who have chosen to partner with us in this project, the new gatehouse store entrance will divert the heavy traffic away from the reception area near the church. Once the renovation of the gatehouse Phase One is completed, people coming to the abbey in search of a quiet place will find it. This change will provide an oasis of silence and solitude for those preparing to go to confession or to receive spiritual direction.

The new entrance to the gatehouse store is under construction
Once the renovation is completed, this scene will no longer great people looking for a quiet place to read and reflect in the reception area of the monastery. Again, we want to thank all the people who are partnering with us in making this happen.

As monks, we have committed ourselves to seeking God in prayer and solitude. A part of our search for God includes extending hospitality to the many people who visit the monastery. We are certain that by moving the store and Merton Hall away from the reception area, we will give people more solitude and silence.

We are certain that by moving the store and Merton Hall away from the reception area, we will give people more solitude and silence. Having found a place of silence and solitude, one will be in a better state of mind to enter the church and spend time with the Master.

Perhaps, you would now like to see the renderings of the gatehouse plans and see some of the progress in the construction.

Let’s begin with the corridor that will link the new store and Merton Hall to the reception area.

Here’s the future Merton Hall

New Merton Hall
Merton Hall under construction

And The New Gatehouse Tour

And The Lounge Area

Please consider partnering with us in making the gatehouse renovation project a reality. Any and every donation, small or large, will help us reach our goal. Your generosity is greatly appreciated. Be assured of our prayers for your special intentions

We are most grateful to the people who have responded to our request for help. Together, we can make the Gatehouse Renovation Project a reality. Here is an update on the donations received.

Donations received: $177,604.90

We have reached 15% of our goal.

Thank you for you generous support!

If you would like to contribute to the Gate House Project, please visit our donation page.

If you prefer sending a check to making a donation on the computer, please make the check payable to the Abbey of the Genesee 

[Mailing address]

Abbey of the Genesee

Attention: Donations

3258 River Road

Piffard, NY 14533

Stay tuned as our plans continue to develop.


 Please visit our Donor Recognition and our In Memoriam  Pages