End of an era: Huntsville bookshop closing, monastery not far behind


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  • Owl Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 19, 2014 2:49 p.m.

    John Charity Spring,

    Think of your middle name before making unfounded and thoughtless remarks.

  • Johanr South Africa, 00
    Aug. 19, 2014 12:38 p.m.

    The Monks may get transfered to the mother monastery in Kentucky, called Getsemani. This was where the Cistercian order started in Northern America before one daughter monastery was formed in Huntsville Utah in the 1940.

  • MrsH Altamont, UT
    Aug. 19, 2014 10:02 a.m.

    So when they do close, where will the brothers live? I wish that had been explained better.
    Maybe they don't know yet?

  • sukiyhtaky us, CA
    Aug. 19, 2014 8:50 a.m.

    One old man: Can you explain Carroll O'Connor? Catholic priests and nuns take the names of saints and other biblical figures. Sometimes they choose t xheir names and sometimes they are assigned to them. They are meant to convey reverence and respect and personal association.

  • O'really Idaho Falls, ID
    Aug. 18, 2014 7:49 p.m.

    I remember feeling sad when the beautiful St.Mary's school on the east bench of Salt Lake was torn down. Such a shame.

  • Serenity Manti, UT
    Aug. 18, 2014 6:35 p.m.

    That's a real shame. There is such an ethereal atmosphere in that monastery. I wonder if the Catholic Church is going to sell the property to someone who will build more condos or time shares. I sure hate to see something this unique, especially to Utah, fade into the misty halls of the past. This is very sad.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Aug. 18, 2014 3:52 p.m.

    I mean no disrespect here, but I'm curious. Can someone explain the reason for the name "Father Mary Patrick?"

  • Ranch Here, UT
    Aug. 18, 2014 12:45 p.m.

    @Tyler D;

    They do retreats if you're interested.

  • Johanr South Africa, 00
    Aug. 18, 2014 11:33 a.m.

    I visit the monastey three times. In 2008 I met Fr's' David Altman, Leander, Patrick, Br Thomas and associates. I enjoyed the quitness and the chanting of prayers. My first time enjoying lunch with Monks from the Cistercian order. I will miss you but we will meet as Fr Patrick said " on the way to heaven" May God bless you all for the work and frienship to all people out there. Johan Van Rooyen.

  • Scott H Ogden, UT
    Aug. 18, 2014 11:07 a.m.

    I have visited the monastery a number of times over the years, beginning in my childhood. In times past we enjoyed eggs, bread, and honey from the monastery. I appreciated the devout brethren and the serene atmosphere. A few years ago we took our kids up there and got to sample the wonderful wit of one of the leading brethren. But even then he admitted that the monastery's days were numbered, since steadily fewer people were seeking a life of devoted asceticism.

  • Tyler D Meridian, ID
    Aug. 18, 2014 9:27 a.m.

    I’m curious why the monks don’t rent out their monastery as a retreat center? This seems to be the model for most of the thriving monasteries around the country, with many having a rotating group of extended stay residents taking on many of the duties necessary to run the grounds.

    Seems a shame to close such a beautiful place for want of willingness to change the business model.

  • Shimlau SAINT GEORGE, UT
    Aug. 18, 2014 8:31 a.m.

    I grew up in northern Utah and went to the monastery several times. Their bread and honey were the best available anywhere, the monks were friendly and they were well received by the entire community. It is sad that their numbers are dwindling to the point that they can't sustain themselves. Sad to see it go.

  • BJR Duchesne, UT
    Aug. 18, 2014 6:49 a.m.

    I am sorry. I loved going there and I loved their honey. It will be greatly missed.

  • fowersjl Farmington, Utah
    Aug. 18, 2014 6:31 a.m.

    I don't think anybody drove the monastery out. Without new recruits joining the monastery can't survive. It is a sad thing, but certainly a sign of these secular times.

  • liberal larry salt lake City, utah
    Aug. 18, 2014 6:22 a.m.

    Its a shame that the monastery is closing. I've stayed at the Trappist monastery in, Conyers Georgia, and they seem to be going great guns.

    I wonder why there is such a difference in their fates?

  • Ranch Here, UT
    Aug. 18, 2014 6:22 a.m.

    The monastery has been a good neighbor and we're going to miss them. Father Allen has been especially neighborly, helping others when they were in need.

    @John Charity Spring;

    The monastery is not being "driven out". They have had no new recruits for several years now and the brothers are all getting (very) old. Did you bother to even read the article? They've been there an average of 60 years; they have 10 brothers left is all.

  • Old Scarecrow Brigham City, UT
    Aug. 18, 2014 5:44 a.m.

    John, did you understand the article?
    No one has driven the Monastery away, there just were no men coming to join the order in recent decades. The men who remain there now are very aged, and many have passed away. Why would someone using the pseudonym "Charity" make such an unkind comment?

  • aceroinox Farmington, UT
    Aug. 18, 2014 1:05 a.m.

    @ John Charity Spring--
    Perhaps you misunderstood: the monastery is not being driven out of Huntsville. The monastery is not attracting new monks. As a result, those few remaining (only 10) are too few and are not physically able to manage the workload of the income-producing activities which supported the monastery. I suppose you could say "shame" on young people who either don't feel or don't respond to the monastic calling, but it seems a stretch to accuse them of "driving this monastery out of Huntsville."

    I am saddened that the monastery is on the way out. It is truly a place of refuge in a beautiful valley. We loved going there to buy honey and interacting with the brothers there. I hope they are found a peaceful home for their waning years.

  • KWL Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 18, 2014 12:18 a.m.

    Please, read the article. The monastery isn't being driven out. There are not enough monks young enough to maintain it. They currently do not even have the resources to train newcomers if they were to join.

  • John Charity Spring Back Home in Davis County, UT
    Aug. 17, 2014 9:36 p.m.

    Shame on those who have driven this monastery out of Huntsville.

  • Anchovey Provo, UT
    Aug. 17, 2014 6:44 p.m.

    I too visited this monastery on a couple of occasions and know colleagues who went there for the peace the place afforded from this beautiful, but crazy world. The kindest souls made bread and honey...but best of all, they were truly interested in their customers. May our Heavenly Father bless you, all!

  • Mr_Normal utah, UT
    Aug. 17, 2014 5:14 p.m.

    I remember my friend from the monastery Brother Mark.
    He was such a peaceful, humble man.
    I hope the remaining monks are taken cafe of. ^_^