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.

Question of the Week: "What it the main difference in living out the monastic life between communities of monks and communities of nuns?"

I am the Father Immediate of our Order’s house of nuns in Central America. This provides me the opportunity to accompany a community of women journeying the same Cistercian grace as we monks of Vina to seek first the Kingdom of God.

Abbot Emeritus Thomas Davis Shares on the following passage of the Rule and what it means for those whose life is dedicated to the liturgical prayer of the Church:  “Let us therefore consider how we ought to conduct ourselves in sight of God and of His Holy Angels, and let us take part in the psalmody in such a way that our mind may be in harmony with our voices.” (RB 19):

Stephen, Robert, and Alberic, were aflame with zeal to live a simple life devoted to Christ when they decided to renew their lives as Benedictine monks and start the New Monastery, which would become Citeaux, the Mother House of the Cistercian Order. Certainly, much time has passed since that original inspiration, and many changes to the world and Order have occurred, so one might ask: can we still honor the vision of our Founders?

The question has been proposed: How do monks deal with the current grave difficulties facing the church and the world? An example is provided by our own Br. William:

My very first days in the monastery!  I remember every detail or perhaps I should say I “feel” every detail.  I entered the monastery on October 15, 1980 after a two-day trip by Amtrak from North Dakota my native state. 

To talk about those first days I need to share with you the days prior to my entrance into the monastery.  I connected and visited with friends and relatives.  Finally my family gathered on my last day home to say farewell.  These were weeks poignant with emotion, as I did not know when I might ever return and see these people again.

Advent reflection by Br. Christopher:

19 Christians, who were martyred in Algeria between 1994 and 1996, were beatified at a Dec. 8 ceremony at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Holy Cross during a Mass in Oran, Algeria. The beatification was celebrated by Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. The marytrs were killed during the Algerian Civil War by Islamists, among them Bishop Pierre Claverie and seven Trappist monks.  Blessed Claverie was a French Algerian, and Bishop of Oran from 1981 until his Aug. 1, 1996 martyrdom. The best known of Bl.

Perhaps there are many things to long for in this life but there is one thing we long for and it never disappoints us:  That is our eternal home in heaven.  Longing for our heavenly home is not an issue we want to discuss, how we shall depart from this life.  It is not for us to decide.  God called us to be and to be present in this corporeal world for His glory, "For the glory of God is the living man" (Saint Irenaeus of Lyons).  It is God who will call us out of this life according to His will.  

Ask anyone: You can't make great wine without great grapes!  Br. Luis Cortez, our vineyard manager, reports on the 2018 grape harvest experience-

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