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
Nov 30 - Christians in Culture...Read more> This evening several of us gathered to watch a pair of videos pertaining to the current Christian culture in America. First we watched outgoing Episcopalian Bishop Primate Katherine Jefferts Schori reflect upon Christian evangelization and the reality of the "reign of God" in her dioceses and in the world. Then we watched Roman Catholic Bishop Robert Barron reflect on the "religious 'nones'" who profess no church affiliation and what the implications might be with regard to Christianity as a distinguishable presence in our culture.
Nov 28 - Homelessness in the Dubuque Area...Read more> In July the topic of our Conversation Groups pertained to sheltering the homeless. One of the things we realized in the course of our conversations was that we do not know the homeless or the causes and conditions of homelessness in our area. To understand what we have to offer, who and where the people are who need what we have to offer, and how to make it easy for them to receive what we have, we realized we needed to be educated.
November Information Forum...Read more> This morning we gathered for our monthly Information Forum to share news about personal items and the goings-on within the monastery, the region, and the Order. This month’s information included a brother's recent contributions to Cistercian Studies Quarterly, logging in our forest for Trappist Caskets, breakdowns of garden/orchard work vehicles, upcoming speakers about homelessness in the Dubuque area, and our need to discuss and approach another monastery of our Order to serve as our Father Immediate.