“Making All Things New!”

We believe we are one with all peoples, cultures and creation in the ancient longing to find and to live in peace.

Rooted in the Franciscan tradition, the Mt. Irenaeus community is committed to simple, joyful, healing communion with God and all creation through contemplation and the communal experience of God’s justice, love and peace in contemporary everyday life. Life at Mt. Irenaeus is centered on attending to what is primary: presence to God, others, one’s self and earth. All who participate in the mission of the Mountain join with Jesus Christ in “making all things new” by creating and nourishing a community that transcends a particular place, opening to all peoples, ages and cultures. Read More »

Latest News

Mt. Irenaeus to Welcome Guests Again

As New York State coronavirus cases continue to subside, and normal activities gradually re-open, Mt. Irenaeus is beginning to develop plans to welcome guests again.

Latest Podcast

Slow down. Draw aside. Be still. Take some time in reflection with Fr. Dan’s latest podcast.

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From our herb box you can look out over various “colors and tastes”- to our garden and to the hills beyond, our “Other house”– and our Brazilian bell...Brought home from another people and another culture. so much of taste and culture right here to be explored! “100 years ago today, the writer John Howard griffin was born in Texas. He is best known for his classic work, “Black Like Me”, in which he describes his experience in the winter of 1959 traveling to New Orleans dark and his skin shaved his head and ‘crossed the line into the country of hate fear and hopelessness – the country of the American Negro.’”(Give Us This Day) ... how might I enter another culture today, or allow another culture’s gifts to enter me? – what are my opportunities to be open to other persons, their lives? ~ Today’s Gospel concludes: “...and if you greet your brothers only, what is unusual about that? Do not the pagans do the same? So be perfect or complete just as your heavenly father is complete.” Mathew 5:47-48 The world certainly is much larger than the view from this deck! .... there is more for us to taste and discover than what is in our garden or our herb box – or our own lives. .....you and I can open further “the eye of our heart” and see beyond; with, among others- to the “height and breadth and depth” of God‘s goodness in each of us! We all “are God’s children now” echoes over these hills and through these gardens!

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Plan Your Visit

Are you thinking about visiting? We invite you to learn more about our land, what to expect, the practical needs of visiting and how to submit a inquiry to spend time with us.

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For What Shall We Pray?

Prayer intentions like we offer in our Chapel are an important way to name our needs and the needs of others. Please offer your prayer intentions here on our website, while also taking time to lift others in prayer.

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SBU: New Ministry Center

Our co-ministry with St. Bonaventure University truly flourishes in the McGinley-Carney Center for Franciscan Ministry. Learn more about our partnership. 

Video: Try Our Way of Life!

What’s contemplative life like at the Mountain? Watch this video by Fr. Casey Cole, OFM. 

Give & Receive

What Is Mine To Do?

To thrive, we need your support of time, talent and treasure. Whether it’s volunteering in our garden, providing in-kind professional services, cooking meals, photography or donating to us financially, we welcome your gifts. Please consider how you can support our ministry and impact the lives of so many people who encounter us in person, on the road or online. Thank you and peace be with you!