New Melleray: Cistercian Monks Receiving
All as Christ and Preferring Christ Above All

Fr. Jonah Wharff died unexpectedly last night, Dec. 27. The funeral will be on Friday, Dec. 30, at 11:15 a.m. in the Abbey Church.

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

What’s Happening at the Abbey

Adieu to 22

The ending of 2022 created a bit of a logjam of events for the community. The extremely cold weather...READ MORE

Death of Fr. David Wechter

Fr. David Wechter, a past abbot of the community of New Melleray, died on December 4th of this year. He had currently been serving as chaplain to a group of Carmelites hermits...READ MORE

November News

After a long hiatus, the community resumed meeting for its Information Forum. These had originally been planned as monthly gatherings, but events and circumstances pushed them...READ MORE

Schedule Changes

After a long hiatus, the community resumed meeting for its Information Forum. These had originally been planned as monthly gatherings, but events and circumstances pushed them...READ MORE

Schedule Changes

The monastic day receives its structure from the hours of prayer which express and support our search for the Living God. These communal celebrations of our joining together in...READ MORE

A View of Life at New Melleray