Ours is a fairly new settlement, established primarily as the home for the Mount Academy, a New York State–registered, private high school started in 2012. Most of the families and adult singles who live here work to support the high school, which has approximately two hundred students who bus in from other Bruderhof communities and the local area. The Mount Academy offers a well-rounded academic program and a variety of extracurricular activities.
Located about ninety miles north of New York City, the Mount is situated on the western bank of the Hudson River among rolling hills, farm fields, and woods. This part of the Hudson Valley features numerous historic properties owned or formerly owned by Catholic orders, and our property was used as a seminary by The Redemptorist Fathers of the Baltimore Province for more than one hundred years. Our settlement’s most striking feature is the main building, constructed in 1907 of gray granite with decorative bell towers and roof parapets. The view from the roof, which overlooks the river, is breathtaking. The property also has several smaller houses, as well as a former convent, now used as an elementary school building.Connecting with Neighbors:
For the safety of our student population, tours and visits to the Mount are limited. But we try to reach out in other ways. Our annual Christmas carol sing in the chapel is open to friends and neighbors, many of whom experienced Catholic education and sacraments on our grounds. The Mount community members visit with local elderly people who may be house-bound or lonely. We work with local churches to make sure area residents have money for heat and Christmas presents. And some of our members volunteer with the Esopus fire department.Point of Interest:
The main building is home to an elaborate Romanesque-style chapel with imported Italian stained-glass windows depicting the life of Saint Alphonsus of Liguori. We use the space for student assemblies, concerts, and community-wide events. While it is a Bruderhof tenet to live simply, this architectural space has a beauty one can't help but appreciate.
Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.
The Bruderhof has an open-door policy. No matter who you are, we are delighted to meet and spend time with you. All Bruderhof communities host both drop-in and overnight guests every week. Some visits are purely social; others are deep explorations of faith and possible membership. Some visits involve ice cream and horse-cart rides; others revolve around spiritual conversations and guidance. Whatever your visit will be, we look forward to getting to know you!Visit Us
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