About the Monastery

New Melleray Abbey was founded in 1849 by a group of six monks from Mount Melleray Abbey in Ireland. Hard work, patient endurance, and total dedication and trust in the living God served to establish and maintain our communal way of monastic life through the ups-and-downs of our monastery’s long history. Faithfulness to God in the Cistercian tradition of living the Gospel continue to sustain our community in this way of life today. Here you have access to the past and present experiences of monastic life at New Melleray.