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Seeking God at this place of New Clairvaux, we are a community of Cistercian monks living the Rule of Saint Benedict. We witness God's love for the world according to the Gospel of Jesus Christ by a life of prayer, labor, and sustainable stewardship of our resources in a simplicity and openness to the signs of the times. Our monastery welcomes all people in the spirit of hospitality, and engages others in collaborative relationships.

      Our eternal life begin now.  Do you recognize your approach to life in the below meditations?          

Where do wars and conflicts among you come from? Do they not come from your passions that war within your members? (Jm. 4:1)

Reflection on James 4:1

Before any conflict becomes a reality in action, it had been something that had been gestating in the person(s) for some time. How long the gestation has been occurring is not an issue. That it had been, is.

The Abbey of New Clairvaux hosted an event this weekend called the “Monastic Experience Weekend.”  It’s open to young Catholic men who want to get an experience of the life of a monk and perhaps how monastic life might benefit them in their own walk with the Lord.  The monks, for their part, are more than eager to open their doors and allow these men to share in the common life and prayer.  Some monks may feel hopeful that these men might even consider entering the monastery.  But for someone having to coordinate these events, I often find that most of them are simply curious and/or are see

No surprise that there is not as much spiritual value from the picnic table of monks as you can find from the Abbot’s table. Our picnic day is a relaxing day outdoor after the grape harvest. It is not much like our daily routine: Lectio Divina, studying or praying which nourish our spiritual life. Yet spending time together is something important for us too.

The restored Medievel Gothic Church is completed but we are not done yet!  The next phase of construction is the installation of  a covered walkway connecting the monks back entrance of the Church to the Chapter Room, and to renovate the Chapter Room facade.  The Chapter Room is the 'meeting room' of the monastic community, it is where the brothers gather to take counsel, hold elections such as the selection of the abbot or the reception of new members, or about other important community decsions.  It is also where the abbot gives his weekly Chapter Talk, a sermon on the monastic way of lif

What is the Apostolate of Monks?

All Christians are called to the Apostolate; to good works that build up the Kingdom of God in our world.  What is the apostolate of contemplative monks?  What do they do to benefit others?  On the surface it could appear that monks living out their lives separated from the world by the cloister and who rarely if ever leave the monastery grounds contribute little or nothing to spreading the Good News of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Br. Christopher of Vina

1. What I love about being a monk!

                Number one for me is being 100% devoted to Jesus, to live a life that makes cultivating our relationship with Him the top priority, both as an individual and as a community together.  Number two is knowing that the graces of this life flow out with transforming power into our world, to people I know and those I don’t know; that our life makes a difference for others eternal happiness.

2. What would I tell anyone discerning a vocation?

Allow me this moment of mirth and jocularity. When I see the liturgical term Ordinary time after Pentecost, it tickles my Funny Bone. Ordinary, for some people might mean, just common or unimportant. Considering the meanings and nuances that English words take on, I would like to see liturgists use a little more imagination. Instead of "Ordinary time after Pentecost" how about the "Marvelous time after Pentecost"?

Once the Divine notary, the Holy Spirit, stamps us with the Seal of baptism and the Seal of confirmation, can anything be just ordinary for us after that?

On July 2nd, the 63rd anniversary of the founding of the Abbey, the Most Rev.

In one of the few times we leave the monastery property, at the end of May the monks of New Clairvaux had the opportunity for a special retreat in nature day at beautiful Paradise Lake located just north of Magalia, CA.  The park officials were gracious enough to open the park for us on a day it is usually closed for maintence work so we had the whole place to ourselves, enjoying the silence, the natural alpine splendor and fellowship with the brothers.  Many of us took the opportunity to hike the 4.5 mile lakeside trail.  We are grateful for this unique chance to see and praise God's magni