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
Apr 8 - Vultum Dei Quaerere...Read more> Today we completed the mealtime reading of Merton's Abbot: The Life and Times of Dom James Fox as Revealed through Letters, Interviews with Monks, Records by Frederick D. Lucas. Our new refectory reading is the Apostolic Constituion Vultum Dei Quaerere ("Seeking the Face of God") on women's contemplative life issued by Pope Francis.
Mar 30 - The Rainbow of Sorrow...Read more> Today we suspended the mealtime reading of Merton's Abbot: The Life and Times of Dom James Fox as Revealed through Letters, Interviews with Monks, Records by Frederick D. Lucas. For the Sacred Triduum our mealtime reading will be chapter one, "Unjust Suffering," from Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen's book The Rainbow of Sorrow.
March Information Forum...Read more> Today we held our monthly gathering to share personal news and updates on the goings-on within the monastery, the region, and the Order. One of the brothers shared stories of his family experiencing Pope Francis' visit to Peru. The head of our Conversation Group Facilitation Committee for the past year reviewed the topics we discussed. A number of liturgical items were mentioned particularly Holy Week schedule and rubrics. Other updates included an update on recent vocational interest, the latest status of a few infirm brothers, the procurement of new pillows for the guesthouse, the reorganization of outgoing and incoming mail, and the recent trimming of dead and low branches on our trees as well as the initial efforts to develop walking trails for our guests.