Trappists is the popular name for members of the Roman Catholic Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance (OCSO), which traces its beginnings back to the reforms introduced (1664) by Armand Jean le Bouthillier de Rancé (1626-1700) at the monastery of La Trappe near Seez, France.

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Catholic Encyclopedia: Trappists
A history of the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance with a somewhat outdated account of the Order's organization and practices (published 1912).
Cistercian Studies Quarterly
An international review of monastic spirituality and history published under the auspices of the Cistercian Order of the Strict Observance (OCSO) since 1966.
Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance
Home page of the Order in several languages. News, FAQ, information about monasteries and Web sites, documents/texts, OCSO events, commentaries on Cistercian Saints, Blesseds and Martyrs.
Photographic Essay
A black-and-white photographic essay of a day in the lives of the monks of the Monastery of Our Lady of Calvary in Rogersville, NB, Canada, by Noel Chenier.
The Questing Beast
Personal account of a young man's experiences with the Trappists in New Mexico in 1949-51.
Trappists (Reformed Cistercians)
This entry from the New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge, Vol XI, discusses the history of the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance up to the end of the 19th century.
Westmalle Abbey
A Trappist Abbey in Belgium. Historical information and location available.
Making Ends Meet
Smithsonian Magazine profile of New Melleray Abbey and one of their industries, Trappist Caskets, by Sam Hooper Samuels. (October 01, 2002)
The Monks of Tibhirine - Book Review in America
This review by M. Basil Pennington, ocso, argues that Kiser's book "is an especially valuable book to read in this present moment in history for the profoundly insightful and compassionate way in which the author puts this martyrdom in context." (April 08, 2002)
Price Paid to Be Secluded
Article by John Schmitz about Our Lady of Guadalupe Abbey focusing on its four diverse industries: an 850-acre tree farm, a bindery, a wine-storage facility and a small bakery known for its fruit cakes and nut cakes. (October 11, 1999)
Lowcountry Sanctuary
Profile of Mepkin Abbey in Monck's Corner, South Carolina by Liz Ferszt. (December 15, 1995)
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