Rogersville is home to two Trappist monasteries, one for monks and one for nuns, both belonging to the larger Cistercian family. In the late 19th century, anti-clerical legislation forced religious congregations to leave France. At that time, Fr. Marcel-François Richard, the founding pastor of Rogersville, sought to bring farming monks to his parish to encourage settlers to stay rather than seek opportunities across the United States border. He connected with Dom Emile Lorne, Superior of the Abbey of Bonnecombe in France, who was searching for a refuge for his community due to threats of expulsion. Fr. Richard made a request and promised to provide land for the foundation.
On November 1, 1902, a small group of monks settled in a cabin in Rogersville and began the Office of the Day’s Feast, All Saints. Since then, the monks of Our Lady of Calvary have continued their daily celebration of God’s praise.
In 1912, a shrine dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption, built by Msgr. Richard on church grounds, was inaugurated.
Cistercian monasteries primarily focus on prayer, dedicating their lifestyle to the pursuit of God and union with Him through continuous prayer. Amid a world filled with distractions, these monasteries aim to be oases of truth.
The monks follow the Rule of Saint Benedict, a guide written in the sixth century that has shaped generations of spiritual seekers across continents and historical circumstances.
Cistercian monasteries often provide accommodations for short-term guests, as the Rule of Saint Benedict encourages sharing the riches of monastic life with those seeking God in solitude and silence. Every Cistercian monastery typically features a guesthouse.
Our Lady of Calvary has a guesthouse that can accommodate 12 guests, including up to four women and two married couples. They can also host one handicapped person, provided they are independent or accompanied by a carer.
Guests are encouraged to participate in the monks’ prayer life, attending the Liturgy of the Hours and Mass in the monastery chapel. They can also use the community chapel for private prayer, as well as a chapel in the guesthouse.
For retreat and guesthouse reservations, contact the monastery by email at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at (506) 775-2331 extension 0.
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