Monastery and World:
Live in Both



  • Live in our community part-time or full-time

  • Participate in our daily activities

  • Learn to live monastically
    in the world

  • Cultivate the spirit of contemplative spirituality

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Welcome to Assumption Abbey

Welcome to Assumption Abbey. We are a community of monks of the Cistercian Order of the Strict Observance, popularly known as Trappists. Monks first came to Ava, Missouri from New Melleray Abbey in Iowa in 1950 to establish the monastic life here.

We hope that you take a few moments to pray with us, to learn about us and our work, and to discover who we are here at the Abbey.

The Abbey is situated in the rugged, wooded Ozarks The Abbey is situated in the rugged, wooded Ozarks
The Abbey is situated in the rugged, wooded Ozarks

The Abbey is situated in the rugged, wooded Ozarks. Clear streams, a small river flow among our hills. It is a beautiful site, a place apart, offering peace and solitude to all who come. Here we monks make our home and welcome our guests. [How to find us.]