Call on Mary!

Call on Mary!

On August 15 we celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven, the patronal feast of the Cistercian Order.  I thought that you might like to  listen in on a recent talk that the abbot gave to the brothers on Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Cistercian tradition, particularly in the thought of our patron St. Bernard (7:48 minutes).

God bless you,

Your brothers of New Clairvaux



Cistercian monastic life gives primary place of chanting the Opus Dei or Divine Office in community as well as personal time spent in sacred reading which fulfill the monk's sacred duty of seeking God.


Cistercian monastic life allows rooms for guests because all guests are to be received as Christ.  We never know if we have entertained angels.

Life in Common

Cistercian monastic life is communal:  We share all things in common as did the early Christian community so as to live in greater charity and union with Christ.