Trey and the Trappists

One of our excursions this week was to head north to Conyers, GA to visit the Monastery of the Holy Spirit. I had seen a camera club colleague’s photos and had to go see it myself. This monastery belongs to the world-wide Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance (O.C.S.O.) – more commonly known as Trappists.

Trappists don’t take a vow of silence but it is something they observe whenever possible. With that in mind I was a bit nervous about taking a two year-old into their monastery chapel. I have to brag though, Trey was extremely well-behaved and made a temporary vow of silence. In fact, he was so quiet that once I took his shoes off (they echoed loudly in the chapel) I actually lost him at one point. No worries, I found him a couple pews down, laying on the floor, staring at the ceiling, and mouthing the word “Wow.”

Later we walked down to their lake and got to see a flock of geese fly in. Then Trey found a turtle which quickly withdrew into the confines of its shell when he picked it up. “Where did it go?” I asked Trey. “In turtle house!” he replied. Then he tried to pry it open as he exclaimed “Come out, turtle! Come out!”

One thought on “Trey and the Trappists

  1. Grandaddy

    Some beautiful shots. I especially like the columns colored by the stained glass. Speaking of which, the rose window is the first time I’ve even seen the Trinity depected with Mary in it!

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