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
Mar 7 - Built of Living Stones...Read more> The steps in the sanctuary of our church challenge or prevent some members of our community from fully participating in our celebration of the Eucharist. Fr. Mark formed an ad hoc committee to develop a plan for a worship space all on one level within our church. As a catechetical kickoff for this project the ad hoc committee invited Ms. Peggy Lovrien, Director of the Archdiocesan Office of Liturgy, to speak to us. This morning Ms. Lovrien presented us with an overview of the USCCB document Built of Living Stones on the principles of the use of liturgical space. This introduction provides us with a basic understanding and common language to guide our reflections on the configuration of our sanctuary within our church.
Feb 28 - Dom Peter McCarthy...Read more> Dom Peter McCarthy of Our Lady of Guadalupe Abbey in Oregon is making a friendly visit to New Melleray this week. The 2017 OCSO General Chapter asked Dom Peter to serve as our "Delegated Father Immediate" until the next General Chapter. Having already committed to conduct the regular visitation at Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey, he is taking advantage of his time in Iowa to become familiar with our community. He will return this summer to conduct our regular visitation.
Feb 24 - Mertons Abbot...Read more> Today we completed the mealtime reading of The Spirituality of St. Paul: A Call to Imitation by Frank J. Matera, S.J. Our new refectory book is Merton's Abbot: The Life and Times of Dom James Fox as Revealed through Letters, Interviews with Monks, Records by Frederick D. Lucas.