Why Cloister?

Why Cloister?

Br. Christopher responds to the question, Why do cloistered monks vow to live out their whole lives within the monastery and not to leave?:  “To paraphrase St. Benedict, the place in which we monks engage in the spiritual combat, our battlefield, is the enclosure of the monastery and stability in the community.  Some folks may think that leaving the world for the monastery is an attempt to escape from life, but actually, the opposite is true: enclosure ensures that we engage in the fight for Faith, Hope and Love in an especially focused way.  All of life is here, in needlepoint, at concentrated intensity on these 590 acres, these few people, this land we know so intimately.  We find here a depth to our struggle rather than a breadth.”

Blessings from your brothers of New Clairvaux!

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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.