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
Solemnity of Church Dedication and the Anniversary of Foundation...Read more> Today we will celebrate the Solemnity of the Dedication of the New Melleray Abbey Church. Our beautiful church is the product of two years of major renovations to the existing building and was consecrated on this date in 1976. Not coincidentally, today also marks the Anniversary of New Melleray’s 1849 foundation by monks from Mount Melleray Abbey in Ireland.
To Shelter the Homeless...Read more> Our July Conversation Groups are the second dedicated to the year of Mercy. In Chapter yesterday Fr. Mark shared with us personal, local, and liturgical promptings that have led us to consider the Corporal Work of Mercy to Shelter the Homeless as our topic this month.
St Bernard Three Course Banquet...Read more> Our new refectory book is Saint Bernard's Three-Course Banquet: Humility, Charity, and Contemplation in the de Gradibus by Bernard Bonowitz, O.C.S.O.
The Mis-Measure of Man...Read more> Dr. Brian Donovan teaches US History and Disability Studies at Kirkwood Community College, Coe College, and the University of Iowa. Today and tomorrow he will be giving us two lectures on “The Mis-Measure of Man: The History of Disability from the Middle Ages to the Present.”
St John Monastic Institute 2016...Read more> Our Junior Master attended the 2016 Monastic Institute at St. John’s in Collegeville, MN. The program opened on July 3rd and concluded on July 7th. Sessions included: “Where We Have Been - Where We Are Going: Today’s Context for Monastic Profession”, “Monastic Profession: A Call to Conversatio in the Rule of Benedict”, and “Monastic Profession as a Way to Fullness in Christ”.