One Order, Seventeen Monasteries of Monks and Nuns

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: November 25, 2014

Abba Poemen said: “Because of our preoccupation with eating and sleeping, we fail to see the things that are simple and obvious.”
Are you awake to what is maniftes and simple?

Monastic Wisdom

"It is quite false to call 'friends' those who only share a harmony of vices...

"It is quite false to call 'friends' those who only share a harmony of vices. Note that, he who does not love, is not a friend. But a person does not love another person if he loves what is wrong.

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.


Solemn Profession at Crozet
On November 1, 2014,Solemnity of All Saints,Sister Maria Gonzalomade her solemn profession at the monastery of Our Lady of the Angels in Crozet, VA.
Sister Maria was born in 1977 in Madrid (Spain).She entered the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate in 1997 and Crozet in 2010.

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