Trappistines of Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey


The Cistercian Order of the Strict Observance is a monastic order wholly directed to contemplation. Living a communal life, we dedicate ourselves to the worship of God in the monastery under the Rule of St Benedict.  Our day is balanced between Daily Eucharist, the Liturgy of the Hours, manual work, and spiritual reading (Lectio Divina). Monastic elements such as obedience, simplicity, humility, silence, solitude, work, and constant prayer continually call us to deeper conversion, love, and self-awareness as we grow in our relationship with Jesus and in our love for one another. We are located on the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River, on 650 acres of rolling farm and woodlands. Good stewardship and sustainability are key in how we decide to use our land.


Sr. Myra Hill, Vocation Director
Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey
8400 Abbey Hill Lane
Dubuque, IA 52003-9576

563-582-2595 x114



Professed Members: 17
Year Founded: 1964
Diocese: Dubuque, IA
Federation: Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance (Trappistines)
Worldwide: 22 countries
Qualifications: Some college or work experience after high school, good physical, mental, and emotional health
Formation: 6-12 month postulancy, 2 year novitiate, simple vows made annually for 3-9 years before final vows
Age range/limit: 18-39
Belated vocations? No