Brother Luis is a native of California and entered the Abbey of Our Lady of New Clairvaux in 2009. On the Solemnity of the Annunciation, March 25th, 2017, Brother professed his solemn vows as a monk and made his monastic consecration. The monks of Vina give glory to God for this grace of solemn profession of our Brother Luis and rejoice with his entire family.
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.