A Newcomer's Guide to the Trappists

Social Life - Family and Neighbors

Among the duties Trappists are careful to respect are our duties to family and neighbors outside the monastery.  Below are featured answers to questions you might have about how, as cloistered men and women, we nurture our relationships with these important people in our lives.

Since a Trappist is separated from the world, what kind of relationship does he or she have with her family?
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What sort of relationships do cloistered Trappists have with their neighbors?
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What does it mean that Trappists are "counter cultural"? Are they against American culture?
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What do Trappists mean when they say they have "left the world"?
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Do Trappists vote?
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