Mount Saint Mary’s Abbey, founded in 1949, was the first monastery of Cistercian nuns in the United States.

The Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance (also known as Trappists) is a contemplative religious order and part of the larger Cistercian family, which traces its origin to 1098. Cistercians follow the Rule of St Benedict, so they are part of the Benedictine family as well. Their lives are dedicated to seeking union with God, through Jesus Christ, in a community of Sisters or Brothers.

In Wrentham, Massachusetts, the Cistercian nuns at Mount Saint Mary’s Abbey live a contemplative life of prayer and work.

Reflection for Monday of Holy Week

“Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God
something to be grasped.
Rather, he emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave,
coming in human likeness;
and found human in appearance,
he humbled himself,
becoming obedient to the point of death,
even death on a cross.” (Phil 2:6-11)

Nuns at Mount Saint Mary’s Abbey choose the way of poverty and simplicity, humility and obedience. This week, Holy Week, which leads us to Easter, reflect on how your life journey can follow the path of Jesus’ own humility and service.