Trappist monks (the Benedictine Order of Cistercians of Strict Observance) built the spartan green brick monastery and chapel on this 3,800-acre ranch along the headwaters of Capitol Creek. Inside the Neo-Romanesque compound, the chapel is a stark brick hall with no pews, only benches around the walls, and a minimalist altar, all under a high ceiling with raw wood beams. The monks support themselves by raising cattle, chickens, and sheep and selling their celebrated cookies. The public is welcome for mass and for morning and evening prayers, but otherwise the monks ask to be left in solitude.
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St. Benedict's Monastery
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