Preview Screening: Present Time: Journal of a Country Monastery

Fri, Apr 19
  • Presented By: Mountain Arts and Music
  • at: Compass Rose Lodge
The Abbey of Our Lady of the Holy Trinity was a Trappist Cistercian monastery in Huntsville, Utah founded by 32 monks in 1947.  At one point there were 84 monks and novices.  The monks supported themselves by farming and beekeeping on 1,840 acres of land.  They also sold bread, grains, honey and handmade clocks in a gift shop that became an important landmark in rural Ogden Valley.   Over time, the number of monks at the abbey dwindled and their average age increased. The abbey celebrated its final mass on August 27, 2017, and was closed soon afterward.  John Slattery has memorialized the monks’ lives and the monastery’s closure in his documentary Present Time: Journal of a Country Monastery. Slattery has been filming the monks in their natural habitat from 2003 to the monastery’s closure in 2017. The framing of this film—the photography and music—is somber, evocative, and reflective; it is enriched by the oral histories offered by individual monks, making the film an art piece that invites meaningful discussion about what is important in life.

Event Info

  • Presented By: Mountain Arts and Music
  • Dates: 4/19/2019, 4/20/2019
  • Location: Compass Rose Lodge
  • Address: 198 South 7400 East, Huntsville, UT 84317
  • Time: 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

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198 South 7400 East, Huntsville, UT 84317
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