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 28, 2015

A brother came to visit Abbot Moses and asked him for wisdom. The old man said to him: “Go, sit in your cell, and your cell will teach you everything!”
What if it was truly this simple?

Monastic Wisdom

Abba Isaiah Said

When someone wishes to render evil for evil, he is able to hurt his brother with a single nod.

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.


I arose and am still with you . . .

May the joy of the light of Christ shine forth in our lives.

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