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 in modern Catholicism and Christianity, 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.
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Jan 6, 2017 | By Marg
Arrived on time in perfect condition!
Jun 19, 2017 | By Gene C.
You MUST have this awesome "chalice". Specially designed for Spencer Trappist Ale, the stem inside the bowl is etched with their signature bell. This serves as the focal point for oxidation, causing the bubbles to emanate and rise from a single concentrated spot. Like smoke rising, the foam spreads evenly across the top of your beer beautifully. Poured correctly straight into the dampened chalice, from ten inches up, the collar will not spill from the top. Plus, these are just handsome glasses.
Apr 23, 2018 | By Harry Z.
Glass arrived in perfect condition, is attractive, and completed my collection of glasses representing the Trappist Monasteries. Thanks.
Jun 28, 2019 | By Daniel
Thank God and thanks to our Monks! Fantastic! I thoroughly enjoy Trappists fine crafted Ales, with this glass. Great quality glass for excellent Ale. Very happy.