Gethsemani

Location

Official Name Abbey of Gethsemani

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Country USA

City Trappist

Address 3642 Monks Road

Postcode 40051-6152

Contact Information

Telephone [1] (502) 549-3117

Community Email trappists@monks.org

Website www.monks.org

Superior Dom Elias Dietz, Abbot 2008-2020.

Other Informations

Juridical Status Abbey

Diocese Archidioecesis Ludovicopolitana (Louisville)

OCSO Region USA

Founded/Restored 1848

Origins

Founded by Melleray 21 December 1848; raised to the status of abbey 1851.

History

1848: Founded on a former property of the Sisters of Loretto.

1851: Abbatial election and blessing of Dom Eutropius on 26 October. It was the first of its kind in the U.S.A.

1864: The new church is finished.

1886: Consecration of the church.

1949: Celebration of the monastery’s centenary.  The church is raised to the status of basilica.

Foundations

Holy Spirit (Conyers) 1944; Holy Trinity (Huntsville) 1947; Mepkin 1949; Genesee 1952, New Clairvaux (Vina) 1955

Father Immediate

New-Melleray

Daughter Houses

Holy Spirit (Conyers); Holy Trinity (Huntsville); Mepkin, ; Spencer, 1912 – 1952; Genesee; New Clairvaux (Vina); La Dehesa (Miraflores), 1966

Lay Associates

Lay Cistercians of Gethsemani Abbey

Important Figures

Thomas Merton; Raymond Flanagan

Past Superiors

Eutropius PROUST — Titular Prior — 1848-1851
Eutropius PROUST —Abbot — 26/10/1851 – ?/ ?/1859 (v.25)
Benedict BERGER — Abbot — 19/ 04/1861 – 02/09/1889
Edward CHAIX-BOURBAN — Abbot — 02/09/1889 – ?/ ?/1896
Edmund OBRECHT — Abbot — 24/01/1898 – 04/01/1935
Frederic DUNNE — Abbot — 06/02/1935 – 04/08/1948
James FOX — Abbot — 23/08/1948 – 30/12/1967
Flavian BURNS — Abbot — 13/01/1968 – 31/01/1973
Timothy KELLY — Abbot — 15/03/1973 – 24/03/2000
Damien THOMPSON — Abbot — 08/04/2000 -30/03/2008

Work and Sources of Income

1) Production of cheese, fruitcake and Bourbon fudge, all sold by mail order;

2) Forestry (ecological);

3) arable land either rented or used for hay;

4) vegetable garden.

Guest Facilities

29 individual rooms and 2 double;17 further rooms for men.

Transportation

Airport and Bus Station : Louisville, Ky.

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