New Wind Turbine at Mt. St. Mary's
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 17:16

The sisters of Mt. St. Mary's Abby are serious about stewardship and sustainability and are proving it as the first Trappists in the U.S. to install a wind turbine on their property.  To see pictures, click here:

A Medieval Chapter House "Resurrected" at New Clairvaux Abbey
Sunday, March 4, 2012 - 08:43

Our brothers at New Clairvaux Abbey are nearing completion of the reconstruction of an eight hundred year old Chapter House whose stones were carried to the U.S. many years ago.  View progress on this treasure of our Cistercian heritage by clicking here.

"The Monastery" A DVD
Saturday, February 4, 2012 - 14:28

In January-February 2006, "The Learning Channel", filmed the experience of five lay women who lived with Trappistine sisters in Iowa for 40 days.  To see how they entered into the daily work and prayer of the sisters who shared with them the meaning of their cloistered life - click here.

Have you Seen "Of Gods and Men"?
Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 18:23

The movie that tells the story of our Trappist brothers in Algeria - winner of the Grand Prize at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival!  Watch the trailer here.

Pope Benedict's Teaching on Silence
Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 16:40


You may have noticed, our Holy Father, who took the name "Benedict", has a monk's heart and speaks passionately of the beauty of the monastic vocation.  Read and ponder these beautiful teachings on silence.

"Father - I wish to be a monk in your company!"
Saturday, December 31, 2011 - 16:32

Here is a vivid account of an encounter between a young man, Pachomius, wishing to becoming a monk and a tough talking "Abba", Palamoun, - a story with a touching and rather surprising ending.  Read and ponder this remarkable wisdom story.

Draw Near to Him - and Never Grow Old.
Saturday, December 24, 2011 - 16:11

“Everything grows old just so much as it recedes from him . . .” On this Feast of the birth of the Savior, we offer these and other inspired words of St. Bernard to help you celebrate the true mystery of Christmas. See “Cistercian Sayings”.


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