A Newcomer's Guide to the Trappists

History - Famous Monks

Monks and nuns have been living a quiet hidden life in praise of God and service of the church for centuries.  God knows each one by name, but history only records the names of some.  Among these are some of the most beloved saints in the church.  Featured here are answers to your questions about several of these better known monks.   

Who was St. Antony of the Desert?
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Who was St. Pachomius?
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Why is St. Benedict important in the history of monasticism?
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What role did St. Bernard play in the history of the Trappists?
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Who is Abbot De Rance, and how has his life influenced the Trappists?
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Why is Thomas Merton so well known as a Trappist?
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