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
Aug 31 - Come Away...Read more> Our final "Come Away" retreat for 2018 will be August 31 through September 2. Come Away (Listening and Discerning: A Life Directions Weekend) gives single Catholic men an opportunity to explore the possibility of a religious calling while experiencing the rhythm and balance that lies at the heart of monastic life in general and New Melleray in particular. Participants receive an introductory experience of our contemplative life over the course of a weekend. They have an opportunity to participate in our monastic celebration of the Liturgy of the Hours, to hear how some of us were led to monastic life and New Melleray, to share their own journey of seeking God’s will in the midst of life decisions, and to ask questions about our life and practices.
July 22 - 4th Sunday Adoration for Vocations...Read more> Each Sunday at 5 pm we enjoy a period of silent adoration of the Blessed Sacrament exposed on the altar of the abbey church. On the 4th Sunday of each month we explicitly adore the Lord for the intention of religious vocations. We select our hymns, intercessions, and prayers toward this particular intention. Sunday Vespers concludes with benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. All are welcome to join us.
July 16 - Foundation and Dedication...Read more> Today we 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.
July 14 - The Man in Black...Read more> The man in black in choir with us is not Johnny Cash but Br. Cassian, a Benedictine monk of St. John's Abbey in Collegeville, MN. Br. Cassian is visiting us to experience contemplative monastic life more fully. During his three weeks with us, he will participate fully in our liturgy, work, and all other aspects of our life at New Melleray.