Monks' Bread is a product being hawked by author Thomas Merton in a proposed sign in Times Square, according to the notes found in the desk of a New York advertising executive (Saint Fidgeta and Other Parodies; 27).
Trappist monks at the Abbey of the Genesee in York, New York (an off-shoot from their Trappist brethren in Kentucky where Merton lived) began baking bread for the community in 1951. To respond to the demand for bread by guests and visitors, a small bakery was added to a new abbey being built; in 1956, a large, modern bakery was set in operation. The bakery, continually upgraded and improved, is still in operation. Time magazine reported an unused slogan: Baked in Silence. Too good for words.