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From the Archives

"Our Lady of the Assumption Abbey, a daughter house of New Melleray Abbey, Dubuque, Iowa, was founded during the fall of 1950. While Dom Eugene Martin, then Abbot of New Melleray, was in Europe, Prior Vincent Daly was approached by Mr. Joseph B. Pierson of Springfield, Missouri. Mr. Pierson wished to give the Monks his extensive property in the Missouri Ozarks in order that they might establish a monastery there. Father Vincent informed Abbot Eugene of the offer, and the latter cabled back his grateful acceptance in the name of the Community. On September 24, 1950 the first Superior and several Monks arrived to initiate the new foundation."

History of Assumption Abbey

The monastery around 1954...

From the Archives

"Yet much of a monk's life is spent in solitude. This doesn't go against the community life, it enriches it. A monk knows that he needs solitude and silence to grow in the love of God. He brings this spiritual maturity and love to the community.

"A monk realizes that he cannot worship a God of love and harbor hate in his heart, that he cannot worship a God of peace and be a man with no peace in his soul. He knows that the way he goes about his search, and the God he seeks, must in some way be the same. Since he seeks the God of love and the peace of Christ he strives to live in love and peace with his brothers. Since he seeks to hear the Word and will of God he lives a quiet life, much of it in silence."

An Introduction to Assumption Abbey

"...he seeks the God of love
and the peace of Christ..."

From the Archives

"Notwithstanding so many difficulties the majority of the little Missouri Community felt that God wanted them where they were and would bless them in the end. The land was poor to be sure, and the lack of moisture made it even more so, but the location itself was ideal in every respect for a monastery of contemplative monks. Hidden on the hill-side of a valley almost completely surrounded by a wall of forest, the monastery filled to the letter the requirements of the Cistercian Constitutions: '...far from the haunts of men.'"

History of Assumption Abbey

"...far from the haunts of men..."

From the Archives

"The contemplative life! How precious it is in the eyes of God, how precious to the Church! This contemplative life is a fundamental element in the structure of the Church. It is present at every stage of the Church's history for the past two thousand years, always productive of solid virtue, always endowed with a mysterious and powerfil attraction over the loftiest and noblest souls."

John XXIII, Address to Trappist Students

"...give us this day...

From the Archives

"Oh Lord, here solitude has been piled on solitude and silence has been added to silence. For in order that we may be more able and accustomed to speak with Thee, we are silent with one another. But, my brethern, we must thank God and praise Him for His mercy, for we have hoped in Him and His mercy has descended upon us. He has deigned to give us this wilderness as a place that is just right for us, so that we are free to read and pray and meditate, and yet are forced to work. Thus we do not lack a chance to give something to the poor."

Isaac of Stella, Cistercian Abbot of the 12th Century

"...here solitude has been
piled upon solitude and
silence has been added to
silence..."

The remoteness of the Abbey, some twenty miles south of the small town of Ava, seventy-five miles east of Springfield, Missouri, eliminates the use of public transport to reach the Abbey. Click here to display a printable map to the Abbey.