A Newcomer's Guide to the Trappists

History - The Trappist Reform - 17th Century

In the year 1637 a precocious eleven year old boy inherited from his wealthy family the honorary title of "Abbot of La Trappe", a Cistercian monastery in southern France.   More than twenty five years later, he decided to renounce his wealth and actually become a monk.  He eventually led the reform movement whose promoters were nick-named "Trappists".  The Cistercian Order would never be the same.  Read about this fascinating chapter in our history below.

Why are Cistercians also called "Trappists"?
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