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: December 15, 2017

An old monk taught: “Denigrate no one. Condemn no one. Slander no one. Do this, and God will give you peace, and when you sit alone, your heart will be undisturbed.”
What is it like when you sit alone?

Monastic Wisdom

Abba John Little Said

How strange that we should refuse to take on a rather light burden: self-criticism, and choose instead the remarkably heavy burden — self-justification!

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.


Advent: The Coming of Our Lord

 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, 27 to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.

From the Gospel of Luke

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