Holy Cross Monastery

Yesterday My wife and I took a ride to the Holy Cross Monastery.  It was a pleasant unusually warm November day.

The Abbey is set back down a long road.

I felt a quiet peacefulness.

I wish I had a stronger faith.

The monks help support themselves by baking and making jams.  We bought a couple of jars and some candy at the gift shop.
I wasn't able to take a picture of the building or chapel but you can find them on the web if you like.

Here's a video featuring the very same monk we bought the jams from.  He's explaining how he became a monk.



  1. Beautiful photos John and I enjoyed the video, too.

    I always enjoy your photos~

  2. Nice video, John, and your photos are lovely! Thank you so much for sharing.

  3. It is the peace that most religious people aspire to. Sounds Like you found it.

  4. It does look like a really peaceful place. I enjoy visiting these types of places no matter if I believe or not. They are quite meditative.

  5. Does look peaceful the scenery on the way to the Abbey...
    What religion are the monks?
    Have found that it's a Orthodox on the internet!

    1. They are Roman Catholic.
      "Holy Cross Abbey is a monastery of the Catholic Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance (OCSO), popularly known as the Trappists."
      "...traces its origin to 1098. As Cistercians we follow the Rule of St Benedict, and so are part of the Benedictine family as well. Our lives are dedicated to seeking union with God, through Jesus Christ, in a community of sisters or brothers."
      Here is an Australian abbey link that I found:,_Victoria

    2. Thanks for the link and reply....will visit the link :)

  6. I like the photo with the trees alongside that road, when looking at it, it gives me much peace!

  7. Oh! We have a Monastery here in our county too, and it is a place of quiet beauty and serenity. You can really feel that it is a holy place.

    1. Maybe I'll visit the monastery more often. I tried out a wedge for my bed so I wouldn't be flat in bed. It helps. Thanks for the advice Kay.

  8. It's still rather warm here for Nov. I think. I often take my jacket off during the day.


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