AT THE ABBEY OF OUR LADY
OF NEW CLAIRVAUX
ASCHOLAR of medieval Cistercian architecture remarked that
the buildings of Cistercian monks
and nuns cannot be divorced from
the life that is led within the abbey
walls. This means that the stark and
simple beauty of Cistercian monastic
architecture should inform our lives
and spirituality as Cistercians. The
buildings we monks inhabit express
something about the nature of God.
The restored 12th-century medieval
space that stands on our abbey
grounds today manages to stop one
in one’s tracks and invites one to
listen and be still.
This is our witness to Christ
without words that invites souls to
contemplate the nature and beauty of
God and experience a deep sense of
communion to God, nature, and to the
rest of humanity.
—Father Guerric Llanes, O.C.S.O.
THE NEW CHURCH at the Abbey of Our
Lady of New Clairvaux. The Cistercian
monks moved into this community
prayer space in early 2018.
ORDER OF CANONS REGULAR OF PRÉMONTRÉ
(NORBERTINES), ST. NORBERT ABBEY DE PERE, WISCONSIN
MY FAVORITE PLACE for prayer at St. Norbert Abbey is before the Blessed Sacrament within the abbey church. Behind our tabernacle is a compelling bronze crucifix—an image of the total self-gift of Christ on the Cross. The
Bread of Life resting quietly in the tabernacle is a constant reminder of the eternal
nourishment that our Lord and Savior offers to all of us in our “joys and hopes,
griefs and anxieties.” In addition to the choir stalls, in which I sing shoulder to
shoulder with my confreres, this is my place of refuge.
—Father Michael Brennan, O.Praem.