Manual Labor



Welcome!  For over 900 years, Cistercian abbeys around the world are oases of prayer, work, beauty, silence and light - a place to dwell and delve deeper to the heart of Christ.  For us who make the Abbey of Our Lady of New Clairvaux our home, we invite you to come away a while and share in this oasis and we pray you carry with you that beauty, serenity and light you experience here back into our world.

Welcome to New Clairvaux

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requiescat in pace

father charles cummings, o.c.s.o.

On January 15, 2020, Father Charles passed peacefully in the afternoon.  Father Charles Cummings was born in 1940 in Ironwood (USA). He entered Holy Trinity in 1960, made his solemn profession in 1965 and was ordained a priest in 1971. Father was 80 years old, had been in monastic vows for 57 years and 49 years a priest when the Lord called him. 


new guesthouse policy

We are a Cistercian monastery and follow the Rule of Saint Benedict with the tradition of extending hospitality to guests and visitors.  New Clairvaux's guesthouse has 15 rooms (including 2 for double occupancy) each with a private bathroom and shower.  A non-refundable, non-transferable $80 deposit per person secures your reservation.  Suggested offerings for a retreat are $80 per night per person. You are welcome to give more or less depending on your financial means.  For details, please call our Guest Porter at 530-839-2434 or email

Weekday (mon-Sat) Schedule

3:30 am - Vigils followed by 20-minute meditation
6:30 am - Lauds
7:00 am - MASS
9:05 am - Terce
12 pm - Sext followed by 10-minute Examen and Angelus
2:05 pm - None
5:45 pm - Vespers
7:35 pm Compline

sunday schedule

3:30 am - Vigils
7:00 am - Lauds
10:30 am - MASS
5:45 pm - Vespers followed by Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction
7:35 pm - Compline