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: December 21, 2014

A monk was famous because he loved his enemies. Another said: “Oh my – I have not yet even managed to love those who love me!”
Who do you love?

Monastic Wisdom

"Spiritual friendship, that is true friendship, should be desired...

"Spiritual friendship, that is true friendship, should be desired, not for consideration of any worldly advantage or for any extrinsic cause, but from the dignity of its own nature and the feelings of the human heart, so that it's growth and reward, is nothing other than itself."

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.


Waiting for the Coming of Our Lord

In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord,
    make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

From the Prophet Isaiah

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