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We are the Cistercians of the Strict Observance, a religious order of the Roman Catholic Church, also known as "Trappists" or "Trappistines". We encourage you to explore our lives by exploring these pages, especially our "Newcomer's Guide." If you are interested in becoming a Cistercian monk or nun, your will find helpful information here: Steps to Becoming a Monk or Nun and links to all of our monasteries. Please enjoy exploring this site! Learn more about us →

 

Daily Reflection: May 22, 2015

Some brothers said to an old monk: “Let's move to another place. The children crying leave us no peace.” The old man replied: “Is it because of the voices of angels that you wish to go away from here?”
What sounds bother you? Do you know their source?

Monastic Wisdom

"A friend is a guardian of love...

"A friend is a guardian of love or, as some might say, a guardian of the spirit itself.

The Newcomer's Guide to the Trappists

An Excellent Introduction to the Trappists for Young People!

Get the basics concerning a beautiful and distinctive sixteen hundred year old monastic tradition still lived by monks and nuns in the U.S. Today.

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Mepkin Abbey in flower

Mepkin Abbey in South Carolina has been enjoying spring color.

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