The Abbey of New Clairvaux
is a rural Trappist
monastery located in Northern California
in the small town of Vina
in Tehama County
. The farmland, once owned by Leland Stanford
, grows prune
, and grapes
which the monks harvest from the orchards and vineyards to sustain the community.
History and Daily Life
The Abbey was established in 1955 when monks from the Abbey of Gethsemani
sought to begin a foundation in California. The monks live an austere contemplative life of penance and prayer on behalf of the reparation of sins. Their order is called Cistercians
of the Strict Observance.
The setting is extremely quiet and the monastery is completely hidden behind a wall that separates the guest and extern
<!--this is a real word--> quarters and the monastic enclosure. There is very little interaction between the monks and retreatants; however, guests are welcome to join the monks in the chapel to chant the Divine Office
seven times per day, beginning with Vigils
at 3:30am and ending with Compline
California Governor Jerry Brown
is known to visit the Abbey. In 2009 Brown visited at the monastery before announcing his candidacy for California Governor.
Currently, the community is in the process of reassembling what the monks call their "Sacred Stones," the limestone blocks from the 800-year-old chapter... Read More