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.