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New York City is not a city known for calm, although we’ve previously shared with you a guide on where to find quiet in the city, along with a map for solitude. And while there are certainly many temples in the city, offering their own form of refuge (as well as some fabulous basement canteens), there are also full-on monasteries in the city, each with a quirky history to tell.

1. Brooklyn Visitation Monastery

The Brooklyn Visitation Monastery in Bay Ridge is home to the Sisters of the Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary, an order founded in 1610. The Brooklyn monastery was founded in 1855. According to their website, you can take a weekend retreat there on the 7.5 acre enclosed campus if you have “ever wondered what monastic life is like”–just call the monastery and “speak to the Retreat Directress.” By “enclosed,” we mean 22 foot walls! Also on the property is the Brooklyn Visitation Academy, an all-girls Catholic school.

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2 thoughts on “Find Refuge in 6 of NYC’s Monasteries

  1. Hello, i just moved to the city and i was looking for a place of enlightenment and some spiritual ballance. I was thinking for a short period to get more connected to my higher calling. A week or weekend if something like that is available. I will include my email address for that is the best way to contact me. Thanks in advance, Jason

  2. hello.
    i am trying to find a retreat for myself & daughter in law for a couple of days. do you offer anything like
    that. we both need some time to reflect on our busy lives, me to recuperate a little mentally from some
    surgery and just spend some time in peace. kindly contact me at 2014712981 or the above email w/any
    information. thank you…………sincerely

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