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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: October 31, 2014

Abba Macarius said: “Let us not slacken our resolve nor be without hope, for with every breath we take our Lord Jesus Christ gives us opportunity for repentance.”
Might the Lord be present and waiting for you in your very next breath?

Monastic Wisdom

Abba Anthony Said

The time is coming when people will be insane, and when they see someone who is not insane, they will attack that person saying — 'You are insane because you are not like us.

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.

News

Holy Cross

News from Holy Cross Abbey includes this:

15 September, 2014. Today’s “Word” isn’t literally from the Abbot–at least not Abbot Robert Barnes. But it is from an Abbot, Eamon Fitzgerald, the Abbot General of our Order. In his opening address to the Superiors of the Order gathered at Assisi, he talked about the fragility of the Order. The themes are familiar: ageing communities, shrinking numbers, fewer new members, financial instability. It is a poignant context for our own efforts to ‘refound’ our monastic community in Berryville, Virginia. Below you will find a some excerpts from his address where he considers what our communities identify as determining issues and our reactions to them.

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