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: October 28, 2016

An old monk taught: “If we remind ourselves again and again of the evil deeds done by the demons, we will be invulnerable.”
Are you realistic about the danger presented by demons?

Monastic Wisdom

Silence, St. Rafael Arnaz Baron

People will tell you that silence in a monastery is something sad, a difficult point of the Rule. Nothing could be more mistaken than that idea. Silence in a Trappist monastery is the most cheerful jargon imaginable!

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.


The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

"IN ALL I SOUGHT REST." Rest is welcome to the  weary. It is welcome, then, and it comes as a most opportune interlude to you who are weary, this day of rest and leisure. Therefore while we celebrate the rest of God's holy Mother not only may our bodies be refreshed by this rest of a day from the work of the harvest but also our hearts may draw breath in remembrance and love of that eternal rest.

          O you who toil, O you who bear the day's burden and its heat; in the shade of Jesus' wings you will find rest for your souls, firm support, shelter when the hot wind blows, shade at noonday.

Blessed Guerric of Igny, 3rd Sermon for the Assumption

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