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
Jan 14 - Notre Dame Folk Choir Retreat and Concert...Read more> Approximately thirty members of the University of Notre Dame Folk Choir made a retreat at New Melleray this weekend. These young, energetic, and faith-full students joined us Friday morning for Mass and remained through Sunday Mass before returning to South Bend after receiving a blessing from Fr. Mark. For the most part, they conducted their retreat on their own, with students leading many of their group sessions. We were able to interact with them in a number of ways, consistent with our monastic charism.
Jan 12 - Responding to Strategic Planning...Read more> Our January Conversation Group discussion invites us to respond to the strategic AREAS, GOALS, and STRATEGIES developed out of our strategic planning process. Our November 30th strategic planning session identified three strategic AREAS for us to address in the coming year or two. Our December 14th session developed three strategic GOALS pertaining to the three strategic areas and proposed more than twenty-five STRATEGIES for accomplishing the goals. Today we are looking at each of these parts as they have been brought together in the draft of our strategic plan.
Jan 9 - Trappists Caskets Corp and Board of Directors Meetings...Read more> The corporate structure for Trappist Caskets, a 501(d) corporation, requires the members and the board of directors to meet once a year. We held both meetings this morning. We, the monks of New Melleray Abbey, make up the "members" of the corporation.