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.

Mass on Holy Thursday will be at 6:30 P.M. Good Friday Services will begin at 3:00 P.M. No Mass on Saturday morning. The Easter Vigil Mass will begin at 4:30 A.M. Sunday morning, and the Day Mass will be at 10:00 A.M on Easter Sunday.

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. Click on “Visit Us” for various ways to share in our way of life as a long-term guest living within the community.

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 website to find out more about us. You might start by checking out one of these links.

What’s Happening at the Abbey

Tides of June

The steady fall of rain has become a regular feature of life here in Iowa, with its drumbeat on our church roof drowning out softer voices rising from within. Rivers have been...READ MORE

May Days

May was another full month. We even managed to include an Information Forum meeting at the end of the month to bring everyone au courant with happenings. A number of major liturgical...READ MORE

March into April

The final days of April offered the opportunity to resume our monthly Information Meeting. In March, Holy Week activities exhausted time and space for that sharing. We were able...READ MORE

February News

With a bonus day for the month of February, we were able to schedule an Information Forum and catch up on local occurrences. Not everything merits the title of an event....READ MORE

Closing of the Year

The end of the year is an opportunity to review some of the events that closed out our year. We did venture into some significant efforts to reach out in vocational awareness....READ MORE

A View of Life at New Melleray