The Monastery of Mount Saviour is a community of
monks striving to live a simple, genuine and full monastic life according
to the Scriptures and the Rule of St. Benedict. As members of an
autonomous monastery of Pontifical rite within the Benedictine confederation,
we seek to remain faithful to our authentic tradition continually revitalized
by the Holy Spirit. Fr. Damasus Winzen and three companions came to a wooded
hill outside Elmira NY, which they name Mount Saviour in honor of our Saviour's
Transfiguration. In 1951, the life was hard and lacked many of the comforts
that people take for granted. The new monastery was not to be divided into
'choir monks' and 'lay brothers' as has been the custom in recent centuries.
The monks share equal opportunities and equal burdens of work, study and
prayer. The monks utilize 250 acres of the land for raising sheep and producing
market lambs, yarn and pelt products while many other acres serve as a
woodlot. There is also a book and gift shop.
Members of other faiths come to share the peace and quiet and to pray
with the monks. Concern that the door is open to those who wish to attend
St.Benedict's 'school of the Lord's service' has largely determined the
physical development of the hilltop. The chapel is an octagon with the
altar placed in the middle. In the center of the crypt, stands a 14th century
statue of Our Lady, Queen of Peace.
St. Joseph's Men's Guest House contains fifteen
small private rooms. (Mixed retreats groups can also use this facility).
Men guests take meals with the monks in the monastery. St.Gertrude's
Guest House for women and couples has two double rooms (twin beds), three
single rooms and is a 15 minutes walk (up hill) from the chapel.
Women guests take meals at St.Gertrude's. If reservations are made
at St.Gertrude's for two women coming together, please assume you may share
a room unless you have specifically requested single rooms. There
are three separate facilities equipped with private kitchens, open to men,
women and married couples desiring a more private retreat: St.Peter's farm
house, the West Casa, and the East Casa. In these facilities, guests
may bring and prepare their own meals if they wish to do so.
We do not accommodate overnight visitors. Normal length of stay is
two nights to one week. Please, no pets!
Since the guest house is not only a service, but
also one of the major sources of our livelihood, we appreciate a donation
that will cover our operating costs. We suggest $55.00 per night
per person. We are grateful to those who can give more and welcome
those whose means allow for less. The generosity of our guests permits
us to run the guest houses and we are grateful for your support.
We prefer that requests for hospitality be made
by mail one month in advance. Please address all inquiries to the
Guest Brother. For phone reservations, the best time to call is between
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 5:00 - 5:25 p.m. Monday
through Friday. The Fax (607) 734-1689 or an E-mail is a good way
to get a message to the guest brother quickly! Arrival time is between
2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday. No arrivals on Sunday
nor Monday a.m. If cancellation is necessary, please inform the Guest
Brother as soon as possible! If need be, messages and emergency calls
(but not reservations) can be left at St.Gertrude's (607) 733-1739
Informal clothing and sturdy seasonable footwear
are in order. Evenings and early mornings can be chilly even in summer;
so sweaters and light jackets are helpful. Also, our winters are
cold and our springs are wet! Linens and towels are provided.
Guests are asked to clean their rooms and make their beds before departure.
No Smoking, Please
Out of sensitivity to other guests and those who
will be following you, smoking is not permitted in the guest houses and
other monastery buildings
How to Get Here
BY PLANE -
The Elmira/Corning Airport is
about ten miles away. Taxi service is available at the airport.
BY BUS - The same bus terminal in Elmira serves intercity and
local buses. A local bus marked "Golden Glow", stops on Rte
225, four miles from the monastery. If you are arriving before 5:00
p.m. you may make arrangements with the Guest Brother to be picked up
It is best to call the monastery when you arrive at the bus station and
inform us of the departure time of the next "Golden Glow" Bus, (runs every
thirty minutes during business hours) so we can meet you at the end
of the bus line (corner of Elon Place and Hendy Creek Road). Even
though it's our mailing address, the bus marked "Pine City" does not go
near the monastery! If you arrive later than 5:00 p.m. and have not
made arrangements to be picked up, please take a cab.
BY CAR - Route I-86 is the main highway from both east and west.
FROM THE EAST: Driving on I-86 West, take the Elmira exit, marked
Rt. 352. Follow signs to Church St. through the city to Rt.
225. Turn left, continue four miles to Monastery Rd. on the right.
FROM THE WEST: Driving on I-86 East, take exit #45 / Rt. 352,
through Corning. Cross the whole town, at the last traffic light,
turn right on Rt. 225. (Be prepared to bear left just after you enter this
road.) There are two turns but they are well marked. Continue
on 225 until you come to Monastery Road on the left.
Coming from north or south, Rt. 14 crosses Church St. (Rt. 352)
in Elmira. Turn right on Church St. and continue to Rt. 225, turn
left, continue to Monastery Road on the right.
231 Monastery Rd.
Pine City, NY 14871-9787
(607) 734-1688 Fax (607) 734-1689
E-Mail to the guest brother: firstname.lastname@example.org
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