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.
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What’s Happening at the Abbey
Nov 16 - The Benedict Option...Read more> Today we completed the mealtime reading of Reclaiming Humility by Jane Foulcher. Our new refectory book is The Benedict Optionby Rod Dreher.
Nov 13 - Mystics and Music...Read more> The Julien Chamber Choir presented "Mystics and Music" to us this evening. We invited our employees, volunteers, and families to join us in our Chapter Room for the event. The program included selections and choral settings of mystical writers such as Bernard of Clairvaux, Teresa of Avila, Hildegard von Bingen, and Mechthild of Magdeburg.
Nov 10 - A Conversation of Theological Interpretations...Read more> Our November Conversation Groups invite us to practice a sort of lectio divina on the "book of our own experience." We have now celebrated two Masses of Remembrance in which we invited the family members of those buried in a Trappist casket or urn to join us for the celebration of the Eucharist in memory of their loved ones. We offered a light lunch, the opportunity to locate the name of the deceased in our Books of Life, and tours of Trappist Caskets. In 2016 approximately 300 people showed up, and over 600 attended last month's Mass. Given such a response it is necessary for us to discern as a community how the Mass of Remembrance ought to be integrated into the life of New Melleray. Today we shared our reflections on the Masses of Remembrance by describing our main impressions and providing a theological interpretation of the experience, especially through the sharing of Bible passages that illustrate our impressions. We also speculated on the meaning or message the Mass of Remembrance has for us as monastics, for those who attend, and for those who hear about it.