A Newcomer's Guide to the Trappists

History - General

When a person becomes a monk or nun, they become part of a family whose history stretches back sixteen hundred years! In the wind-swept deserts of fourth century Egypt, on sunny hills in sixth century Italy, and in grassy meadows of Medieval France, monks and nuns have prayed, studied, and worked together in joy and peace offering the world a glimpse of life in eternity. View the following links for answers to your questions about our monastic family's long and fascinating history.

 

What is the origin of monastic life?
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How did Christian monastic life actually get started?
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What were the first monastic communities like?
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How did we learn so much about the first monks?
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What were Medieval monks like?
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