Home Contact Us Directions
Who We Are
How We Live
Monastic Prayer Schedule
Take a Tour
Photo Gallery
Prayer Requests
Thomas Merton
Fr. Matthew
Br. Paul
Lay Cistercians



Each year, December is the busy season at Gethsemani as we send our cheese, fudge and fruitcake around the country and around the world.

Every available monk works morning and afternoon making boxes, stuffing them with goodies, and stacking them on pallettes, ready for shipping. In addition to the monks, several volunteers from near and far make it a point to drop in and lend a welcome hand.

It is good physical labour, and there is a sense of cameraderie among all those working hard. Nevertheless, there is a collective sigh of relief when it is all done.

We would like to thank Fr. Peter, who organized the whole operation, keeping everything flowing smoothly amid what seemed like chaos. We also thank those who volunteered their time and energy helping us out, spending part of their Christmas working at our side. Most of all, we thank those of you who include the products we make all year long on your Christmas table and under the trees of family and friends.