The Associates of the Iowa Cistercians
The AIC is a community of lay persons who are associated with both Mississippi Abbey and New Melleray Abbey. They are a group of men and women who feel called to the contemplative way of life even though they do not live in monasteries. They meet monthly at New Melleray Abbey or Mississippi Abbey to encourage and support one another in applying the wisdom, insight and inspiration of Cistercian values and practices into their daily lives.
The Order of the Cistercians of the Strict Observance
Trappist monks and Trappistine nuns belong to the monastic family following Christ according to the Rule of Saint Benedict. Today there are several monastic Orders within the family of Cistercian monasteries. OCSO abbreviates the official name of the Trappists: "Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance." It consists of over 100 houses of monks and more than 70 of nuns, slightly over half of which are in Europe.
Trappist Caskets is a work of the monks of New Melleray Abbey. We make traditional caskets and urns that reflect the values of our monastic life. Our products are sold directly to the public at wholesale prices. Our goal is to balance old-world craftsmanship with reasonable prices.
Trappistines: Mississippi Abbey
Mississippi Abbey is our sister monastery located about 15 miles east of New Melleray Abbey.