The Monks of New Skete began in 1966 with a dozen young monks under the leadership and care of the priest-monk Laurence. Having spent the previous years studying philosophy and theology in the seminary, they now sought practical ways of establishing a monastery and supporting it. They lived for six months in northwestern Pennsylvania, where they began the work of living together as a family for the first time. The isolated location gave them the brief respite they needed to get started. Then they moved to a small farm near Cambridge in the beautiful hills of upstate New York. The monks renovated and expanded their living quarters, landscaped the grounds, and took up farming like their neighbors. However, the nearby road traffic became too heavy for the necessary privacy, so a year later they moved once more and built their present dwellings — now their permanent home.

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