About the Monks: In 1966 a small group of Byzantine-Rite Franciscans established a monastic community in northwestern Pennsylvania. Today, we reside in Cambridge, NY, close to the southern Vermont border. It is here that we have, for more than 40 years, nurtured our deep love for and spiritual connection with dogs, and developed our expertise in dog training and breeding.
About the Nuns: In 1969, inspired by a vision of contemporary monastic life, a group of seven Poor Clares from Indiana settled in Cambridge, NY. With the monks' help, we purchased a small farm house a few miles from the monks' monastery, and built our own monastery across the road from the farm house. Thirteen years later, we added a bakery to our home where, today, we produce our gourmet cheesecakes.
About the Companions: In 1983 three married couples and two widows, who had been attending services regularly at New Skete, petitioned and became a third community. With help from the monks, they built their residence, Emmaus House, about .25 mile from the monks' monastery. Some held jobs outside the monastery while others worked within in various capacities including developing and creating dog products, calligraphy, iconography, and meditation gardens surrounding Emmaus House. Today Emmaus House is the main guest house for visitors to New Skete.
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