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New Melleray Abbey: A Chapter in the Story of Cistercian Trappist Monks in America

Jan 23 5:30–7:30pm
Loyola University of Chicago - Water Tower Campus
Schreiber Center
16 East Pearson Street
Chicago, IL 60611
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Dom Mark Scott, OCSONew Melleray Abbey

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Cosponsored by the Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage at Loyola University Chicago

$500 Host Committee (includes 8 tickets) / $40 General / $10 students

5:30pm   Hors d'oeuvres reception
6:30pm   Talk and Q&A
7:30pm   Close

Christian monasticism began in the 3rd century when St. Anthony sought God (and battled demons) outside of Alexandria.  In a sense, the story of New Melleray Abbey begins there with the “Desert Fathers” and continues through St. Benedict and his Rule (5th century), the Cistercian reform led by St. Bernard of Clairvaux (12th century), the austere reforms of La Trappe in Normandy (17th century), and, in the 19th century, the planting of Trappist Cistercian monasticism at Gethsemani Abbey in Kentucky by monks from France and at New Melleray in Iowa by Irish monks . In a rare public talk, the Abbot of New Melleray will tell the story of the abbey in light of this longer history.


Dom Mark Scott, OCSO, was born in Sacramento, CA, in 1948. He graduated from the University of Santa Clara in 1970. In 1978, after a brief career in education, he entered New Clairvaux Abbey in Vina, CA, where he made monastic profession and was ordained to the priesthood. In 1992 he received a licentiate in Sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute. From 2000 to 2008 he served as superior and then abbot of  Assumption Abbey, Ava, MO, and from 2008 to 2013 was editor of Cistercian Studies Quarterly and editorial director of Cistercian Publications. Since 2013 Dom Mark has served as superior and now abbot of New Melleray Abbey, Peosta, IA.