A Newcomer's Guide to the Trappists

History - The Beginnings of the Cistercian Order - 12th Century

When a movement like monasticism survives for centuries, it needs to be periodically renewed in order for monks and nuns to sustain their fervor.  One of the best known and interesting monastic reforms was that introduced by the Cistercians which took place in the 12th century.  The Cistercians reform eventually gave birth to the 17th century movement of the "Trappists".  Learn more about the Cistercian reform below.

How did the Cistercian Order begin?
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What were the early days of the Cistercian Order like?
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How was life in a Cistercian monastery different from that of a Benedictine monastery?
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