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A Word of Welcome

Welcome to our new "digital" monastic home.  As our guest, we invite you to enjoy the peace and serenity of our sacred space.  We encourage you to be still and listen to the voice of God in you. 

Within the pages of this site we have tried to provide both an explanation and an experience of our life. Cistercian life is ordinary and simple, yet it is life abundant. Seeking God at this place of New Clairvaux, as monks we do nothing more than strive to live out the common Christian baptismal call, according to the Gospel of Jesus Christ,  Rule of Saint Benedict and our nine-hundred year old Cistercian tradition.

We offer worship to God in an atmosphere of prayer, quiet and solitude, labor, hospitality and brotherhood, "a school of brotherly love" where everything is shared in common.  Union then comes most fully in our personal love for Jesus Christ. It is in this love that the Cistercian vocation blossoms into a life-long fruitfulness. To prefer nothing to Christ is, therefore, our purpose, our end, and our happiness.  God's peace be with you!  

From your brothers in the Lord ~ Vina, California, USA

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