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
May 9 - Brother Placid Zilka...Read more> Br. Placid (Anton Paul) Zilka died in the evening of May 9, 2018, in the infirmary of New Melleray Abbey. Br. Placid was born in Flensburg, Minnesota, USA on June 30, 1929. After serving in the U.S. Air Force with the rank of Staff Sergeant, Br. Placid entered New Melleray in 1955 and made his first profession as a laybrother of the Order in 1957.
Apr 13 - Revitalization...Read more> Our April Conversation Group topic takes up the theme of revitalization. The 2017 General Chapter of our Order repeatedly raised this theme. Following the thrust of the General Chapter, we can see our Strategic Plan as a path leading to the revitalization of the Cistercian charism in our community and in our personal monastic journeys. Today we shared examples of how we make use of available opportunities and resources for the purpose of personal growth and revitalization of our personal vocations. Additionally, we told how we have or have not been encouraged to engage in the pursuit of particular interests. Finally, we identified an area of study, specialization, or artistic endeavor that we feel would be good for us to pursue and identified how we might go about pursuing it.
Apr 13 - Desert Father...Read more> Today we completed the mealtime reading of the Apostolic Constitution Vultum Dei Quaerere ("Seeking the Face of God") on women's contemplative life issued by Pope Francis. Our new refectory reading is Desert Father: A Journey in the Wilderness with Saint Anthony by James Cowan.