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
Dec 5 - Rosary for Vocations...Read more> This evening Fr. Mark will lead the praying of the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary in the Guest House Chapel at 7pm for the specific intention of vocations. All are invited to join him. This will be a weekly practice, every Tuesday evening at 7pm.
Dec 3 - Stoles...Read more> This morning Fr. Ephrem, our master of ceremonies, blessed new white stoles for the use of our concelebrating priests at daily Eucharist. These stoles match the green and purple stoles we have introduced in recent years. Previously our priests had two different styles of white stoles that were used based on the solemnity of the day's liturgy.
Dec 2 - Compline Revised...Read more> Considering recent feedback and discussions regarding the chant-based Compline we introduced last year, we have decided to make some revisions for a trial period of 90 days. These revisions will begin tonight as we enter the Advent season. The revisions are as follows ...
Nov 30 - Strategic Planning - The Issues...Read more> Today we held our first major strategic planning session. The whole community gathered at 8:15 and spent the entire morning working through a process to identify the 3-4 key issues that we believe are most critical for New Melleray's future. Dan Ebener facilitated our efforts. In short: we did a lectio divina exercise to get the ball rolling; we reflected upon the feedback we received from the focus groups and interviews conducted over the summer; we analyzed our strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) based on our current situation; we asked "How can we ...?" questions to categorize our responses to the SWOT analysis; and we identified three strategic issues that our strategic plan will address.