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We are the Cistercians of the Strict Observance, a religious order of the Roman Catholic Church, also known as "Trappists" or "Trappistines". We encourage you to explore our lives by exploring these pages, especially our "Newcomer's Guide." If you are interested in becoming a Cistercian monk or nun, your will find helpful information here: Steps to Becoming a Monk or Nun and links to all of our monasteries. Please enjoy exploring this site! Learn more about us →

 

Daily Reflection: August 4, 2015

A wise monk once taught: “Even as God is limitless, a wise person in his cell is without measure.”
What if prayer could expand your heart to play host to the limitless God?

Monastic Wisdom

One of the Fathers Said

Just as it is impossible to see your face in troubled water, so also the soul, unless it is clear of alien thoughts, is not able to pray to God in contemplation.

The Newcomer's Guide to the Trappists

An Excellent Introduction to the Trappists for Young People!

Get the basics concerning a beautiful and distinctive sixteen hundred year old monastic tradition still lived by monks and nuns in the U.S. Today.

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Junior Monks and Nuns Gather at Gethsemani

Many of our junior monks and nuns (those who have made simple vows), with several of our recently professed monks and nuns, gathered at Gethsemani Abbey from June 1 - 13. Fr. Michael Casey of Tarrawarra Abbey in Australia presented conferences on our OCSO Constitutions and our Cistercian patrimony, focusing on Bernard, Aelred, Guerric, and Beatrice of Nazareth.

Our juniors enjoy this time together, to get to experience life in another community, to share experiences with other juniors and to hike a new landscape. On our final evening together, we shared some music with our gracious hosts, the brothers of Gethsemani.

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