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).

A sign out front the Cathedral of Saint Gorboduc promotes the bread (Saint Fidgeta and Other Parodies; 37).


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[1]. 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.


  1. Wikipedia: Abbey of the Genesee

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