Saint Vincent Gristmill

Saint Vincent Gristmill Saint Vincent Gristmill is a historic landmark, general store, museum. Operated by Benedictine monks.

The Saint Vincent Gristmill is a historic landmark, general store and museum. The Gristmill is located just a minute away from the Saint Vincent College main campus above the wetlands area. The mill is run by the monks of Saint Vincent Archabbey and volunteers where flour is still made by the monks. The mill is home to a general store, a walking museum a gallery, and a wetlands education center. W

e have bread, flour and Trappist Jams for sale
and we mill fresh flour every week! Museum and General Store Hours:
Monday - Saturday: 9 am - 4 pm
Sunday: Closed

The monks of Saint Vincent Archabbey are offering a selection of baked goods for pickup on Sunday, August 27th at the Gr...
08/14/2023

The monks of Saint Vincent Archabbey are offering a selection of baked goods for pickup on Sunday, August 27th at the Gristmill.

CLICK HERE TO ORDER! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc_MBQnkr7JH2QbcBHSYoztLNHDEUCZxpBhEgq708LKlVQHlw/viewform?pli=1
This sale is for PRE-ORDERS ONLY.
*Pick up SUNDAY, AUGUST 27th, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the Gristmill. (directions)

Item offerings:
Bagels...... $1.50 each (Buy 6 get 1 free!)
Saint Benedict Bread...... $5.00 each
Brioche Burger Buns...... $6.00 for 8-pack
Chocolate Gob, large...... $3.00 each
Oatmeal Raisin Cookie, large...... $2.00 each

Pre-orders can also be placed by completing a paper order form at the Gristmill, or by calling the Gristmill at 724.537.0304 (open Monday thru Saturday, 11AM - 3PM).

Baked goods presented by the Benedictine monks of Saint Vincent Archabbey (Latrobe, PA). Proceeds directly support the Saint Vincent Gristmill and the Archabbey's baking ministry. This sale is for PRE-ORDERS ONLY. *Pick up Sunday, August 27th, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the Gristmill (directions) We acce...

07/31/2023

Wiping flour from his brow, Brother Angelo Lichtenstein, 33, prays as he kneads fresh dough in preparation for an upcoming bake sale at the Saint Vincent Gristmill. The Benedictine monk prays over everything he bakes, from bagels to brioche. “Baking is one way that we can participate in God&rs...

Visiting Steeler Training Camp? Plan to stop at the Saint Vincent Gristmill on Beatty County Road. Pick up some Gristmil...
07/28/2023

Visiting Steeler Training Camp? Plan to stop at the Saint Vincent Gristmill on Beatty County Road. Pick up some Gristmill flour; get a souvenir or a book on the history of the Mill. It's been around since 1854!

Today Saint Vincent is a thriving Archabbey, College, Seminary and Parish. But when Father Boniface Wimmer and 18 missionaries arrived in Latrobe from Bavaria in 1846, they found only a small frontier parish. They immediately set to work, building a self-sufficient foundation for their life of work and prayer.

This method was consistent with Wimmer’s European heritage, and his monks began many industrial and agricultural enterprises. When they found local gristmills to be too expensive, Wimmer asked local millwright George Washington Bollinger to design a gristmill for the monastery. Originally powered by steam engines and fueled by coal, the mill was constructed from locally-harvested red oak, white oak and American chestnut trees. Wimmer ordered fresh-water quartz millstones—each weighing a ton—from a quarry in France known for the quality and density of its stones. The four-story structure cost $3,000 to build. The monks added a sawmill on the west side of the building in 1855, and additional storage and equipment space on the east side in 1883.

The mill, which has operated on electricity since 1952, also once housed a cider mill.

Many farmers from the area made use of the gristmill, and a great deal of flour was produced there. At its peak in 1913, the mill ground enough flour to make more than 150,000 pounds of “Saint Vincent Bread.” This crusty, hearty loaf with no preservatives or shortening, fed the students and the monks and was sold in the local community.

A fire in 1963 damaged much of the campus, including the brick ovens used to bake Saint Vincent Bread. As a result, the bread is no longer baked on campus for popular consumption, but rather, for the Benedictines to enjoy at almost every meal, and for other on-campus uses. Younger monks from the Benedictine community fill the role of miller, allowing the gristmill to offer its stone-ground flour for sale to the public at a general store established in the mill in 2001. A local farm uses flour ground at the mill to bake the “Saint Vincent Bread” that is sold there, using the recipe that has been handed down from generations of monks.

In the 1990s, the gristmill faced demolition due to insurance problems. A creative plan by the Benedictines, supported by area foundations, saved it, preserving one of the last remaining vestiges of Boniface Wimmer’s time, and a tradition of milling that has been uninterrupted since 1854.

The mill is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays.

In the spring of 2001, a museum and general store opened on the first floor of the gristmill, with a viewing area where visitors may see Benedictine monks grind grain, much as they have done since 1854. Visitors can buy flour ground by monks at the mill at the store, which is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays. Visitors can purchase other items, from coffee to monastery bread and pancake mix. Also available at the store is a history of the Gristmill and the former Saint Vincent Brewery, once located nearby.

While visiting the gristmill, take a walk through the Saint Vincent wetlands, a passive acid mine treatment system. Follow the treatment ponds from orange to clean, and bring a camera to capture any wildlife that might be present, from frogs to red-winged blackbirds to geese, and even the occasional heron.

Learn more about the Gristmill by purchasing your copy of The Saint Vincent Archabbey Gristmill and Brewery, 1854-2000 today! The book is available in the general store and online, at stvincentstore.com.The gristmill is located on Beatty Road, just north of the Saint Vincent Campus. Saint Vincent Archabbey, College and Seminary are located on Saint Vincent Drive, just off of Route 30, northwest of the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport.

07/18/2023
The monks of Saint Vincent Archabbey are offering a selection of baked goods for pickup on Saturday, July 22nd at the Sa...
07/18/2023

The monks of Saint Vincent Archabbey are offering a selection of baked goods for pickup on Saturday, July 22nd at the Saint Vincent Grove during the Saint Vincent Basilica Parish Festival.

This sale is for PRE-ORDERS ONLY. Pick up will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Grove.

Item offerings include:
Cinnamon Rolls, tray of 6...... $16.00 each
Pepperoni Rolls, bag of 6...... $15.00 each
10-inch Pies (Apple, Peach, Cherry, Strawberry-Rhubarb, Blueberry)...... $18.00-$20.00 each
Banana-Walnut Bread...... $6.00 each
Zucchini Bread...... $6.00 each
Lemon Loaf...... $8.00 each

Customers have the opportunity to purchase a tote bag with the baked goods logo on it for $10.00 each, or receive a free tote bag with orders over $100.

Pre-orders can also be placed by completing a paper order form at the Gristmill, or by calling the Gristmill at 724.537.0304 (open Mondays to Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.).

Baked goods presented by the Benedictine monks of Saint Vincent Archabbey (Latrobe, PA). Proceeds directly support the Saint Vincent Gristmill and the Archabbey's baking ministry. This sale is for PRE-ORDERS ONLY. *Pick up Saturday, July 22nd, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Saint Vincent Grove. (dir...

FOURTH OF JULY BAKE SALE The monks of Saint Vincent Archabbey are offering a selection of baked goods for pickup on Sund...
06/19/2023

FOURTH OF JULY BAKE SALE



The monks of Saint Vincent Archabbey are offering a selection of baked goods for pickup on Sunday, July 2nd at the Gristmill.

CLICK HERE TO ORDER!

This sale is for PRE-ORDERS ONLY.

*Pick up on Sunday, July 2nd, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Gristmill. (directions)

Item offerings:
NEW!!! Brioche Burger Buns...... 8 buns for $8.00
NEW!!! Brioche Hotdog Buns...... 8 buns for $8.00
NEW!!! Blueberry-Cheese Brioche Danish...... $4.00 each
Raspberry-Cheese Brioche Danish...... $4.00 each
Lemon Cake Loaf...... $8.00 each
Chocolate Chunk Brownie, 8"x 8" tray...... $16.00 each

Pre-orders can also be placed by completing a paper order form at the Gristmill, or by calling the Gristmill at 724.537.0304 (open Mon - Sat, 11am - 3pm).

Proceeds directly support the Saint Vincent Gristmill and the Archabbey's baking ministry. Select baked goods utilize our own monk-milled Gristmill flour made from local grains. We do not use any preservatives nor chemical additives.

Baked goods presented by the Benedictine monks of Saint Vincent Archabbey (Latrobe, PA). Proceeds directly support the Saint Vincent Gristmill and the Archabbey's baking ministry. This sale is for PRE-ORDERS ONLY. *Pick up Sunday, July 2nd, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Gristmill. (directions) Payme...

06/17/2023

We are open until 3 p.m. today. Stop in and get a cold drink and a snack on your way to the air show!

Thank you to everyone who came out for Brother Angelo's Monastery Bake Sale yesterday. There are still a few items left ...
12/19/2022

Thank you to everyone who came out for Brother Angelo's Monastery Bake Sale yesterday. There are still a few items left over so stop in between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to get your gobs! (All nut rolls are sold out). And thank you for your patience! Merry Christmas!

Another holiday ... another bake sale! The Benedictine monks of Saint Vincent Archabbey are selling homemade baked goods...
12/07/2022

Another holiday ... another bake sale!

The Benedictine monks of Saint Vincent Archabbey are selling homemade baked goods for Christmas on Sunday, December 18th, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., (or until sold out) at the Saint Vincent Gristmill on Beatty County Road.

We welcome our Divine Savior at Christmas with our BIGGEST SALE yet! There are No Pre-Orders for this sale, so come early for the best selection!

Item offerings:

BREADS
French Country loaf (3 lbs) - $10.00 each
Classic Italian loaf (2 lbs) - $8.00 each
Whole Wheat artisan loaf (2 lbs) - $8.00 each
Seeded Rye Sandwich loaf (sliced) - $8.00 each
Panettone - $20.00 each
Stollen - $20.00 each
Pumpkin bread - $8.00 each
Cranberry-Nut bread - $8.00 each
Gingerbread (mini-loaf) - $2.50 each

ROLLS
Cinnamon rolls - $4.00 each
Nut rolls (Walnut & Poppy seed) - $14.00 each

COOKIES
Box of premium cookies (1/2 dozen per box) - $8.00 each
Sugar
Snickerdoodle
Oatmeal Raisin
Gingersnap
Molasses Spice
Box of Butter cookies (2 dozen) - $12.00 each
Box of Butter cookie thumbprints w/ apricot & raspberry jam (2 dozen) - $12.00 each
Chocolate Chunk cookie (large) - $2.75 each
GOBS
Chocolate Gob (large) - $3.25 each
Pumpkin Gob (large) - $3.25 each

Payment is either CASH or CHECK (made out to "Gristmill").

Proceeds support the monks of Saint Vincent Archabbey and the Saint Vincent Gristmill.
All baked goods utilize our own monk-milled Gristmill flour. No preservatives; no chemical additives.

11/18/2022

Join us Wednesday November 23rd at 2 P.M. at the Gristmill for the annual Blessing of the Harvest. Also, if you ordered items from the bake sale, this would be a perfect opportunity to pick those up.

Bagel and bread bake sale this Sunday in the Basilica Gift Shop! No pre-orders necessary.
11/01/2022

Bagel and bread bake sale this Sunday in the Basilica Gift Shop! No pre-orders necessary.

08/10/2022
Our rosary mugs are back in stock!
07/22/2022

Our rosary mugs are back in stock!

Handcrafted by Saint Vincent Benedictine Brother Mark Floreanini, these rosary mugs have markers for one decade of the rosary. Pray and have coffee or tea every morning. Hand washing recommended.

In addition to the traditional Parish Bake Sale that will be happening at the Saint Vincent Basilica Parish Festival Jul...
07/18/2022

In addition to the traditional Parish Bake Sale that will be happening at the Saint Vincent Basilica Parish Festival July 30-31, the Saint Vincent Gristmill booth will be featuring the "Brother of all bake sales."
Brother Angelo Lichtenstein, O.S.B., the monastery's baker, is accepting pre-orders for various breads and bagels that can be picked up at the festival, held annually at the Saint Vincent Grove. Pre-orders are requested, especially to ensure customers get the items they prefer.
Among the items being offered bread and bagels: classic Italian loaf, country artisan loaf, Italian baguette, whole wheat loaf, cinnamon swirl bread, oatmeal molasses bread, banana bread, zucchini nut bread, and plain bagels, bagels with everything, cinnamon raisin bagels, sesame seed bagels, poppy seed bagels, cheddar and swiss bagels.
To see the online pre-order form, visit: https://bit.ly/3IKxwFm.
Pre-orders are also being accepted between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays at the Gristmill General Store on Beatty County Road, and at the Basilica Gift Shop, on the ground floor of the Saint Vincent Parish Center, next to the Basilica.

Our Benedictine bakers were busy over the weekend making 816 bagels for the Father's Day bagel sale. Thanks to all who p...
06/21/2022

Our Benedictine bakers were busy over the weekend making 816 bagels for the Father's Day bagel sale. Thanks to all who purchased bagels. By the start of the 11:30 a.m. Mass at the Basilica on Sunday, there were only a few plain bagels left! Proceeds from the sale benefited the Gristmill.

06/20/2022

Our page is now integrated with our online store. Now it is easy to shop directly from Facebook! Just click the "shop" button above!

New mug now in stock.
06/15/2022

New mug now in stock.

Try out this new mug being offered at the Saint Vincent Gristmill. The best mugs for morning coffee, especially Gristmill coffee. These speckled ceramic campfire mugs with a solid black rim and stu…

The monks of Saint Vincent Archabbey will be holding a Father's Day Bake Sale to benefit the Saint Vincent Gristmill. Th...
06/06/2022

The monks of Saint Vincent Archabbey will be holding a Father's Day Bake Sale to benefit the Saint Vincent Gristmill. There are seven types of bagels to choose from: plain, everything, cinnamon raisin, sesame seed, poppy seed, cheddar and Swiss. Bagels are $1.25 each or buy six, get one free. All baked goods use Gristmill flour ground by Benedictine monks and baked by the monks....

Don't forget this free concert in the Basilica this Sunday evening!
05/20/2022

Don't forget this free concert in the Basilica this Sunday evening!

Ring Pittsburgh Community Handbell Ensemble will make an appearance at the Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 22. The concert, which will feature a wide variety of musical styles, is free and open to the public. Ring Pittsburgh was founded in 2016 as an auditioned community of mu...

Since 1854, Benedictines from Saint Vincent Archabbey have operated a Gristmill, grinding grains for the sustenance of t...
05/19/2022

Since 1854, Benedictines from Saint Vincent Archabbey have operated a Gristmill, grinding grains for the sustenance of the monks at the Archabbey, for students at Saint Vincent College and Seminary, and even for local farmers. They have always sold flour there, and at one time Saint Vincent Bread was famous throughout the region. The monks expanded their efforts and their product lines with the establishment of the Gristmill General Store in April of 2001. Now, the Benedictines have taken their store online, with a limited number of products—including flour milled by monks.

While the General store is open Mondays through Saturdays, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the online store, says director Brother André Melli, O.S.B., will make its products available to a much wider audience, each and every day. Shop now!

Since 1854, Benedictines from Saint Vincent Archabbey have operated a Gristmill, grinding grains for the sustenance of the monks at the Archabbey, for students at Saint Vincent College and Seminary…

Bake sale pickup and shopping at our sister store, the Basilica Gift Shop, 2-5 today.
05/06/2022

Bake sale pickup and shopping at our sister store, the Basilica Gift Shop, 2-5 today.

Looking for some Mother's Day gifts for Mom, Grandma, or your "honey?" There is still time to find something great at th...
05/04/2022

Looking for some Mother's Day gifts for Mom, Grandma, or your "honey?" There is still time to find something great at the Gristmill General Store. Open til 3 today, and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

04/27/2022
Have you ever wondered how icons differ from other religious art? The difference is more than just in their appearance. ...
07/18/2021

Have you ever wondered how icons differ from other religious art? The difference is more than just in their appearance. At the "A Brush With God: Icon Exhibit," world renowned iconographer Peter Pearson answers that question and more. Below is a link to his talk. And it's not too late to see the Icon exhibit. The exhibit will be up until July 24th at the Saint Vincent Archabbey Gristmill.
https://vimeo.com/575824037

Peter Pearson, M.Div., Th.D., a nationally-known iconographer, who has been painting icons for more than 50 years, This exhibit will feature approximately 25 icons,…

Last week, the "A Brush With God" Icon Exhibit opened at the Saint Vincent Archabbey Gristmill The exhibit featured icon...
07/08/2021

Last week, the "A Brush With God" Icon Exhibit opened at the Saint Vincent Archabbey Gristmill The exhibit featured icons by Peter Pearson and his students. During the opening, Peter gave a talk explaining his craft. The exhibit will be on display in the Saint Vincent Archabbey Gristmill until July 25th. Below are photos from the opening. A link to Peter's talk will be posted in the coming days.

06/08/2021

Peter Pearson, M.Div., Th.D., a nationally-known iconographer, who has been painting icons for more than 50 years, will speak at the opening of an exhibit, “A Brush With God,” on Thursday, July 1 a…

These make beautiful gifts for your loved ones!
04/09/2021

These make beautiful gifts for your loved ones!

Fresh flour being produced at Saint Vincent Gristmill this afternoon. The General Store is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p. m. ...
04/09/2021

Fresh flour being produced at Saint Vincent Gristmill this afternoon. The General Store is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p. m. You can’t get any fresher than this. As a side benefit it is produced by Benedictine monks as it has been since 1854.

Imagine having these beautiful pieces of art in your home...now buy it!📸Tyrique Anderson
04/07/2021

Imagine having these beautiful pieces of art in your home...now buy it!
📸Tyrique Anderson

Happy Easter! For He has risen!Art by:
04/04/2021

Happy Easter! For He has risen!
Art by:

We gots all the dressing!
03/31/2021

We gots all the dressing!

We wouldn't be a Gristmill with the bread!Well, we have Jesus and this- so that is two types of bread.📸Tyrique Anderson
03/26/2021

We wouldn't be a Gristmill with the bread!
Well, we have Jesus and this- so that is two types of bread.
📸Tyrique Anderson

We are absolutely loving these mugs!📸Tyrique Anderson
03/24/2021

We are absolutely loving these mugs!
📸Tyrique Anderson

Aw, honey honey.Did you know the Gristmill General Store carries local honey? Not just the sweet service, but some reall...
03/24/2021

Aw, honey honey.
Did you know the Gristmill General Store carries local honey? Not just the sweet service, but some really tasty treats. Stop in!

Warming your buns is important, make it toasty📸Tyrique Anderson
03/19/2021

Warming your buns is important, make it toasty
📸Tyrique Anderson

03/18/2021

What is your favorite product from the Gristmill?!

Address

300 Fraser Purchase Road
Latrobe, PA
15650

Opening Hours

Monday 11am - 3pm
Tuesday 11am - 3pm
Wednesday 11am - 3pm
Thursday 11am - 3pm
Friday 11am - 3pm
Saturday 11am - 3pm

Telephone

(724) 537-0304

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