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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: September 21, 2017

Abba Anthony said, “Our life and our death is with our neighbor. If we gain our brother or sister, we have gained God.”
Who around you needs this most?

Monastic Wisdom

He Never Took the Form of An Angel

“It seems to me that in a certain sense, we have a greater cause for celebrating and rejoicing than have the angels. Certainly they see God. They ponder on his wisdom, they wonder at his power. They enjoy his sweetness.

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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