Cistercians/Trappistines – Notre-Dame de l’Assomption Abbey
This Order is a monastic institute wholly ordered to contemplation. The nuns dedicate themselves to the worship of God in a hidden life within the monastery under the Rule of St Benedict. They lead a monastic way of life in solitude and silence, in assiduous prayer and joyful penitence.
The Spirit of the Order
The Cistercian way of life is cenobitic. Cistercian nuns seek God and follow Christ under a rule and an abbess in a stable community that is a school of mutual love. Since all the sisters are of one heart and one mind, they have everything in common.
The monastery is an expression of the mystery of the Church where nothing is preferred to the love of Christ. Every effort is made to ensure that the common life in its entirety conforms to the Gospel, which is the supreme law. The nuns strive to remain in harmony with all the people of God and share their active desire for the unity of all Christians. By fidelity to their monastic way of life, which has its own hidden mode of apostolic fruitfulness, nuns perform a service for God’s people and the whole human race.
Our monastery belongs to a world-wide monastic Order founded in 1099. Our community, which is bilingual, has been in Canada since 1904. The monastic lifestyle consists of a balance of solitude and community, prayer, celebration of the Divine Office, Lectio divina, manual labor and hospitality.