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: October 28, 2016

Avarice says: you will have a lengthy old age, won't be able to work, a famine is coming, sickness awaits, the pinch of poverty and suffer shame from accepting necessities from others. All these are lies.
Do you think before you grab?

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.


The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

"IN ALL I SOUGHT REST." Rest is welcome to the  weary. It is welcome, then, and it comes as a most opportune interlude to you who are weary, this day of rest and leisure. Therefore while we celebrate the rest of God's holy Mother not only may our bodies be refreshed by this rest of a day from the work of the harvest but also our hearts may draw breath in remembrance and love of that eternal rest.

          O you who toil, O you who bear the day's burden and its heat; in the shade of Jesus' wings you will find rest for your souls, firm support, shelter when the hot wind blows, shade at noonday.

Blessed Guerric of Igny, 3rd Sermon for the Assumption

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