Mount Saint Mary’s Abbey is home to forty-five Cistercian nuns, more commonly known as Trappistines. The more complete, formal name of the Order is Cistercians of the Strict Observance whose founding at Citeaux dates back to 1098 and is now comprised of monks and nuns who live in one hundred and seventy two autonomous monasteries throughout the world. Our particular Abbey was founded in 1949 by an Irish monastery, Saint Mary’s of Glencairn, and we in turn have given birth to three other U.S. based communities since then: Our Lady of the Mississippi, Iowa, Santa Rita Abbey, Arizona, and Our Lady of the Angels, Virginia.
We are religious women who have dedicated our lives to prayer and contemplation; the essence of our consecrated life is monastic, based on the Rule of St. Benedict. We possess a strong communal orientation yet certain intrinsic values are needed to support our prayer. We gather in Church seven times each day to offer praise and thanksgiving to God. We maintain a certain level of silence and degree of solitude in order that we may be present to Christ, in Himself, in our sisters, in our world and creation. Similarly we desire to be attentive to the inspirations of the Holy Spirit and so want to be available and open to the grace with which God wishes to bless us.