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The Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance, or Trappists, are a contemplative Roman Catholic religious order, that follows the Rule of St. Benedict. Image File history File links NewMellerayAbbeyPeosta. ... Image File history File links NewMellerayAbbeyPeosta. ... New Melleray Abbey, Peosta, Iowa. ... Peosta is a city located in Dubuque County, Iowa. ... Official language(s) English Capital Des Moines Largest city Des Moines Area  Ranked 26th  - Total 56,272 sq mi (145,743 km²)  - Width 199 miles (320 km)  - Length 310 miles (500 km)  - % water 0. ... The Roman Catholic Church, most often spoken of simply as the Catholic Church, is the largest Christian church, with over one billion members. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Monasticism. ... St Benedict of Nursia The Rule of St Benedict by Benedict of Nursia (fl. ...

They are a branch of the Cistercians and like the other Cistercian order they also have a women's branch commonly referred to as the Trappistines. Cistercians coat of arms The Order of Cistercians (OCist) (Latin Cistercenses), otherwise Gimey or White Monks (from the colour of the habit, over which is worn a black scapular or apron) are a Catholic order of monks. ...



The order began as a reform movement at the Abbey of Notre Dame de la Grande Trappe in 1664 in reaction to the relaxation of practices in many Cistercian Monasteries[1]. The Trappists take their informal name from La Trappe. The reform was led by Armand-Jean Le Bouthillier de Rancé, who originally was the Commendatory Abbot at La Trappe, in France. As Commendatory Abbot de Rancé was a lay man who obtained income from the monastery but had no religious obligations. After a conversion of life between 1660 and 1662 de Rancé formally joined the abbey and became its regular abbot in 1663.[2] Events March 12 - New Jersey becomes a colony of England. ... Buddhist monastery near Tibet A monastery is the habitation of monks. ... A commendatory abbot is an ecclesiastic, or sometimes a layman, who holds an abbey in commendam, that is, who draws its revenues and, if an ecclesiastic, may also have some jurisdiction, but does not exercise any authority over its inner monastic discipline. ... Soligny-la-Trappe is a commune of the Orne département, in the Basse-Normandie région of France. ...

Monastic life

The life of the Trappists is guided by the Rule of St. Benedict, written in the sixth century. The Rule describes ideals and values of a monastic life. St Benedict of Nursia The Rule of St Benedict by Benedict of Nursia (fl. ...

As a contemplative order, the Trappists live a life of prayer and penance. The day of a Trappist is divided between work and prayer. Manual work is preferred over other types of work and Trappist monasteries generally provide for themselves through the sale of goods produced in the monastery. Prayer is divided between the Divine Office, Lectio Divina and various other forms of meditative and contemplative prayer. Except for the ill, they abstain from meat, fish and fowl. To the extent that it is practical, they are expected to remain silent throughout the day and most especially at night. They are expected to live a life of strict personal poverty with few personal possessions and limited contact with the outside world.[3] Buddhist monastery near Tibet A monastery is the habitation of monks. ... Canonical hours are ancient divisions of time (also called offices), developed by the Christian Church, serving as increments between prayers. ... Lectio Divina is Latin for “spiritual reading” and represents an early Roman Catholic monastic technique of prayer that continues in practice though less widely, intended to achieve communion with God as well as providing special spiritual insights and peace from that experience. ...

"Strict Observance" does mean stricter silence, certain situations excepted. Contrary to popular belief, they don't take a vow of silence. [4][5] However they will generally only speak when necessary, and idle talk is strongly discouraged. Meals are usually taken in contemplative silence.

The Trappists received greater attention in recent years on account of the life and writings of Thomas Merton. Thomas Merton (January 31, 1915 – December 10, 1968) was an American Trappist monk and author, born in Prades in the Pyrénées-Orientales département of France. ...

Goods for sale

The 48th chapter of the Rule of Benedict states that You are only really a monk when you live from the work of your hands.

By this rule, most Trappist monasteries produce goods that are then sold to provide an income for the monastery. The goods produced can range from cheese, bread and other foodstuffs to clothing and coffins. As the order does not require abstention from alcohol, some monasteries produce and sell alcoholic beverages. For example, in Belgium and the Netherlands, some of the monasteries brew beer both for the consumption of the monks and for sale to the general public. Trappist beers have become quite famous and are considered by many beer critics to be amongst the finest in the world.[6] Buddhist monastery near Tibet A monastery is the habitation of monks. ... Trappist logo A Trappist beer is a beer brewed by or under control of Trappist monks. ...


Currently there are nearly 170 Trappist monasteries in the world. These monasteries are the home of approximately 2500 Trappist Monks and 1800 Trappestine Nuns.[7]

Monasteries include:

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External links

  • Official web site of the Trappists
  • Constitutions of the order

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Trappist beers must be brewed within the walls of a Trappist abbey, by or under the control of Trappist monks; the brewery and choices of brewing must depend on the monastic community; and their economic purpose must be directed toward charitable assistance, and not for profit.
These Trappist beers speak of complexity, blending malts from Belgium, Germany and France, in conjunction with brewing water that is high in mineral spirits for a uniquely-defined style of beer.
Known as the most beautiful of the Trappist breweries, the beers produced at Rochefort are all dark, and known by the concentration of their corresponding worts of 6, 8 or 10.
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