The Mount Community • Esopus, NY

Contact Information

The Mount
1001 Broadway
Esopus, NY 12429
United States
Tel: 845-384-8090
Email:  mountcommunity@bruderhof.com

Established: 2012

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About Us:
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.

Setting:
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.

Residents’ Voices:
Several current residents describe life at the The Mount Community:

Amy A., who's a member of the Bruderhof, an intentional Christian community

Amy A: Hi. I’m Amy and I’m twenty-four. I live at this Christian community in Esopus, NY, that was started for the purpose of running a four-year private high school called the Mount Academy. This school year I started teaching physical education as well as coaching the girls’ soccer team. I enjoy my day job in the high school as well as living together, working together, and enjoying life with the other members of this intentional community, a majority being my coworkers from the high school. We are located on the banks of the Hudson River so we get a year-round, front-row view of river activities from speedboats to barges and seasonal fishing, not to mention gorgeous sunrises every day.

Ben, a member of the Bruderhof, an intentional Christian community

Ben S: My wife, Rebecca, and I are in our fifties and we live at the Mount Community. Our location right on the Hudson River is a major migratory flyway and home to a local bald eagle population, so I have great opportunities to enjoy my birdwatching hobby. Our community staffs the Mount Academy, the secondary school attended by all high school students in our American locations and others from the area, and I find it exciting, rewarding, and sometimes daunting to mentor the teenagers, and see them learn and grow. I spend most of my time in the school office on scheduling, curriculum development, and guidance, but many days are varied by substitute teaching, driving the soccer or volleyball teams to their games, or hosting visitors to the school. Being willing to do whatever needs to be done is part of communal living. I appreciate being able to connect with many local schools and educators, to share ideas and mutual encouragement.

Atalie, a member of the Bruderhof, an intentional Christian community

Atalie P: I live at this intentional Christian community, with my husband, Aaron, and our son, Thomas. We’ve been living together with the brothers and sisters here for the past two-and-a-half years and are loving it! I work as a nurse in the medical clinic here, and my husband works in IT. My family enjoys frequent walks along the Hudson River, and we love the campfires and community picnics during the summer months. It’s great having visitors and we welcome folks to join us for a meal, a day, a weekend visit, or even longer.

 

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