Favorite Monastic Feast

Favorite Monastic Feast

Br. William shares on his favorite monastic feast day: "Prior to joining the Cistercian Order, I was under the impression that St. Bernard of Clairvaux founded the Cistercian Order as his biography was popular and widely read. January 26 is a solemnity feast day to commemorate Saints Robert, Alberic, and Stephen Harding. These three holy Abbots and Founders in 1098 built the New Monastery of Citeaux in France and thus founded the Cistercian Order. We celebrate this day in gratitude for their boldness, vision, determination and perseverance otherwise there would not be a Cistercian order of monks and nuns today. They left the comfort and safety of their established monastery to found a new monastery and life in the wilderness at Citeaux, in deprivation and hardships. These are great examples for us to follow as we persevere and live our life as faithful followers of Christ. We celebrate this feast day in thanksgiving to God with honor and praises for these chosen men of God."

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.