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
Oct 12 - Mass of Remembrance - Pictures...Read more> More than 600 people joined in today's celebration of a Mass of Remembrance for those recently buried in a Trappist casket or urn. In addition to Mass, our guests located their loved one's name in our memorial prayer books, visited with some of the monks, shared in a light luncheon, and toured Trappist Caskets. Here are some pictures taken throughout the day.
Oct 13 - Six Challenges...Read more> Our October Conversation Groups invite us to revisit the six challenges for our community that we collectively identified at the end of Dom Brendan Freeman's long tenure as our abbot. We will discuss the measures we have taken to address these issues in the past four years and identify items that we believe need additional attention. We will also share how we have felt invited and empowered to address these challenges as well as instances when we felt dissuaded or prevented from contributing.
Oct 6 - Come Away Participants...Read more> We are happy to welcome four men participating in a Come Away retreat with us this weekend. They are receiving an introductory experience of our contemplative life over the course of the next few days. 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.