With Hearts Expanded (DVD)

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From St. Joseph's Abbey
WITH HEARTS EXPANDED (DVD)


Set apart in the rolling hills of central Massachusetts, St. Joseph's Abbey is a monastery of the Cistercian Order of the Strict Observance, popularly known as Trappists. It is the home of the oldest community of Cistercian monks in North America.

This is the story of its founding in 1825 in Tracadie, Nova Scotia; its years of struggle and misfortune which led to a move to Cumberland, Rhode Island and from there, after a disastrous fire in 1950, to Spencer where the monks converted the existing farm buildings into the present monastery complex.

25 minutes

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St. Joseph's Abbey: Spencer, Massachusetts

St. Joseph's Abbey is a monastery of the Catholic Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance (O.C.S.O.), popularly known as the "Trappists", located in Spencer, Massachusetts.

The Abbey was founded in 1950 by Belgian and French Trappist monks from the Monastery of Our Lady of the Valley in Valley Falls, Rhode Island, which had burned to the ground. In the rustic hills of central New England, they established a new home in which to follow an age-old contemplative way of life.

The monastery became known internationally as the origin of the Centering Prayer movement, whose leading proponents were monks at the monastery: Fr. William Meninger, Fr. M. Basil Pennington and Fr. Thomas Keating.

Work has always been greatly esteemed in the Cistercian tradition, since it gives the monks the opportunity to follow in Christ' footsteps and share in His Divine work of creation and restoration. The monks participate in three major industries which provide for their livelihood and for the care of the poor. Since the 1950s, they have produced Trappist Preserves, their popular line of 30 flavors of jams and jellies. Since 1949, The Holy Rood Guild has created beautiful, finely-tailored liturgical vestments to enhance the dignity of the Sacred Liturgy. In 2014, with the advice and assistance of their brother Trappists in Belgium, the monks founded Spencer Brewery, producing the first and only certified Trappist beer made in the United States.