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 22, 2014

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 Poemen Said

If a monk overcomes two things, he can be free from this world." And a brother asked: "What are they?" He replied: "Bodily ease and vainglory."

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.


Waiting for the Coming of Our Lord

In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord,
    make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

From the Prophet Isaiah

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