One Order, Seventeen Monasteries of Monks and Nuns

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: April 20, 2014

An old monk was asked: “What sort of virtues does a person need to possess to be saved?” He replied: “Four virtues are prescribed for us: fasting, and prayer, work with one's hands, and bodily chastity.”
How hard are you willing to work at your salvation?

Monastic Wisdom

St Benedict said

Seven times a day have I praised you.

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.


Triduum 2014

We adore you, O Christ, for by your cross and resurrection, you have redeemed the world

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