Graymoor is the headquarters of the Franciscan Friars and Sisters of the Atonement
In 1875, the rector of the Episcopal Church in Garrison erected a mission church called "St. John's In the Wilderness" about three miles from Garrison. In 1893, this abandoned and deteriorated church, was named "Graymoore" by three Anglican ladies who restored it. In the same year, Fr. Paul Wattson was inspired to name the Society he was to found "The Society of the Atonement." In 1898, Mother Lurana White and Fr. Paul sought Graymoor to become the foundation of their newly founded Society of the Atonement. In 1925, Fr. Paul wrote, "Since God has given the Friars of the Atonement so magnificent a mountain, we look upon it in the nature of a holy obligation to erect thereon monastic buildings harmonious with their surroundings."
Nestled in the hills of the Hudson River in Putnam County, 50 miles north of New York City, Graymoor's picturesque grounds, shrines and chapels are open year round for the public and people of all faiths to enjoy. From the summit of Mount Atonement, marvel at the sweeping vista and the beauty of a replica of Michelangelo's Pieta. A few steps away find the tranquility of the St. Francis Chapel, with its altar that once marked the spot where St. Francis of Assisi received his holy stigmata in 1224.
Each June, thousands of pilgrims come to Graymoor's St. Anthony Shrine to celebrate his feast day. Summer beck-ons others who come to picnic or to hike the Appalachian Trail, which crosses through miles of Graymoor's expansive grounds. Some visit to walk the outdoor labyrinth, pray, meditate or simply find peace.
Discover the Celebration of Spirit
Throughout the year, Graymoor Spiritual Life Center shares Franciscan hospitality and spirituality with hundreds through retreats, workshops, recovery programs and special events. Visitors come for Bible study, Centering Prayer, daily and Sunday Masses and the sacrament of Reconciliation.
While you are here, browse the large selection of books, gifts, cards and devotional items at Graymoor Book & Gift Center, Bethlehem Gift Shop, and hunt for the perfect find among the antiques and gently used goods and furnishings at That Nothing Be Lost Thrift Shop.