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
October 12 - Trappist Caskets Memorial Mass...Read more> On Thursday, October twelfth, at ten thirty in the morning we will celebrate Mass in memory of all those recently buried in a Trappist casket or urn. A lunch reception and tours of Trappist Caskets will follow.
Sept 15 - Monastic Fast...Read more> Chapter 41 of The Rule of St. Benedict sets “The Times for the Brothers’ Meals” based on the liturgical and natural seasons of the year.
Sept 14 - Cowls and Cloaks...Read more> Following a mild August and early September overnight temperatures dropping into the 40s we will resume wearing our cowls and cloaks at Vigils this morning. For the short term we will wear our cowls and cloaks for Vigils, Lauds, and Mass but not at evening Vespers.
Sept 6 - OCSO General Chapter...Read more> The General Chapter of the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance opened today in Assisi, Italy. All of the abbots and abbesses of our Order, including our own Fr. Mark, will meet for the next three weeks for "the salvation of their own souls and of those committed to them." This is a regular, every three years, meeting of the Order's superiors to foster communion of spirit and vision within the Order and to address the issues pressing upon us at this time.
Sept 4 - Laboring on Labor Day...Read more> In last week's chapter talk Fr. Mark proposed picking apples as a form of common work to build relationships among the brothers. With Trappist Caskets employees observing the Labor Day holiday the monks took the opportunity to get out into the orchard and vineyard for a morning of manual labor in common.