Kentucky’s Trappist monks get shout-out in Food Network magazine

Did anyone see the March 2012 issue of Food Netowrk Magazine?

Other than information on how to dip everything in chocolate (bacon, potato chips, your children, etc.), a Kentucky institution got a nice mention.

“The United States of Chocolate” story highlighted the “Monk-Made Fudge” at the Abbey of Gethsemani in Trappist, Ky. Never heard of these monks? Here’s the low-down, courtesy of Gethsemani Farms’ Facebook page:

Since 1848, when 44 Trappist monks from the Abbey of Melleray in western France made themselves a new home in the hills of central Kentucky, Gethsemani has been a hardworking community. Supporting themselves at first by farming, the monks now depend on their mail-order sales of homemade fruitcake, cheese and bourbon fudge.

To a Trappist, work is a form of prayer. In fact, the cycle of public prayers the monks chant seven times daily is known as the Work of God, or Opus Dei in Latin. Trappists also pray privately at intervals throughout the day, encountering God through the ancient monastic discipline known as lectio divina, or sacred reading.

You can learn more about the abbey and its offerings here, or you can check out the monks’ Facebook page.