New Melleray: Cistercian Monks Receiving
All as Christ and Preferring Christ Above All


Welcome to New Melleray Abbey. We are delighted that you are visiting our monastery. 

New Melleray is a community of Roman Catholic monks. We belong to the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance, commonly known as Trappists. Disciples of Jesus Christ, we join countless men and women who throughout fifteen hundred years have discovered the Rule of Saint Benedict to offer a challenging and effective way of living the Gospel. Our communal way of monastic life in the Cistercian tradition serves our desire to be wholly oriented to the experience of the living God.

Located southwest of Dubuque, Iowa, New Melleray was founded in 1849 by monks of our Order from Mount Melleray Abbey, Ireland. Like all monasteries, New Melleray Abbey is a school of charity. The monastery is a place where we learn to love God, to love ourselves, and to love each other. Together with its fertile farmland and rugged woodlands our monastery provides us with solitude and precious silence.

Through our guest house and other forms of monastic hospitality we are happy to offer to our brothers and sisters who follow other paths a place where they may find acceptance, peace, and prayer. With Trappist Caskets we support ourselves and supply employment to local men and women by making and selling simple wooden caskets and burial urns of exceptional quality.

Again, welcome to New Melleray’s home page. We invite you to explore our web site to find out more about us. You might start by checking out one of these links.


What’s Happening at the Abbey

2016 Trappist Caskets Memorial Mass of Remembrance

We invite you to share with us in this prayerful remembrance by joining the monks of New Melleray Abbey for a Trappist Caskets Mass of Remembrance, offered in remembrance of all loved ones buried in a Trappist Casket or Urn, especially those buried between November 1, 2015 and October 31, 2016. 
Please visit our Trappist Caskets website for details.

 A View of Life at New Melleray