Trappistines of Mount Saint Mary's Abbey

We Cistercians of the Strict Observance derive our manner of living the Gospel of Jesus Christ and our spirituality from the following five sources. Our way of life is in substantial conformity with that mapped out in the Rule of Saint Benedict. The monks and nuns live in stable communities set apart from the ordinary life of society. Each day the full Liturgy of the Hours is celebrated in choir, beginning with the Office of Vigils some hours before dawn. The day is balanced between work, reading and study; communities are self-supporting and committed to offering hospitality to those who come in search of a spiritual ambience.


Sr Katie McNamara
Vocation Director
Mount St. Mary's Abbey
300 Arnold Street
Wrentham, MA 02093



Professed Members: 33 finally professed, 3 in temporary vows
Year Founded: 1949
Archdiocese: Boston, MA
Worldwide: 22 countries
Qualifications: Catholic, single, and between the ages of 20-40.
Formation: 1 year of postulancy, 2 years as a novice, 3 - 5 years in temporary vows
Age range/limit: 20-40
Belated vocations? Rarely.