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: March 22, 2018

A wise monk said: “A dog is better than I. He loves and does not judge.”
Who have you delivered judgment on today?

Monastic Wisdom

Silence, St. Rafael Arnaz Baron

People will tell you that silence in a monastery is something sad, a difficult point of the Rule. Nothing could be more mistaken than that idea. Silence in a Trappist monastery is the most cheerful jargon imaginable!

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.


New Year Dawns

In the midst of the drab unhappiness of our lives, how beneficial it is to concentrate on the dimensions of our future happiness!

It is such a rare happiness to see all our thirst for Beauty satisfied. Our hearts will never stop being able to love each and every thing, each and every being, without becoming tired or satiated.

Our happiness will be that we will no longer experience boredom. Everything will be always new, with all the newness that never wears out and with all our capacity for wonder and for giving thanks. This capacity will not by dulled by fatigue nor by habit, for our wonder will always be like that of a child who is filled with wonder at each new discovery.                 

Our happiness will be not growing old. It will be bottomless because, by its transparent nature, it will be without death, without wear, without end.

René Voillaume

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