A Monk's Day

A typical day unfolds like this:

  • 3:15 Rise, the Office of Vigils

  • 6:30 Morning Prayer and Eucharist

  • 9:00 Mid-Morning Prayer, Work till 11:30

  • 11:45 Mid-Day Prayer, Dinner in common, Dishes

  • 2:00 Mid-Afternoon Prayer, Work till 4:30

  • 5:45 Evening Prayer, Meditation

  • 7:45 Compline and Retire

On Sundays there is not Work. Throughout the day there are several periods of time for personal prayer, reading and study, walks and creative activities. A light breakfast and a light evening meal are available in the early morning and late afternoon. A siesta afternoon meal is optional.


We are a community of monks of the Cistercian Order. Monks first came to Ava, Missouri from New Melleray Abbey in Iowa in 1950 to establish the monastic life here.




RR 5 Box 1056
Ava, MO 65608

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