[Arms of Citeaux]

A Benedictine Index

The Cistercians

One of the most fruitful reformations of the Order of Saint Benedict was effected by God's grace in Saint Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153). The movement Bernard and his followers inspired has survived and thrives in two major autonomous branches. The links below provide a Benedictine introduction to Cistercian history and the Order's current vitality.

[F. Kacmarcik. Pray and Work]Contents:


Web Resources
Biographies, Directories, Websites, etc.

The Cistercians of the Common Observance [O. Cist.]


Cistercians of the Strict Observance [O.C.S.O./Trappists]

General[St. Benedict, bronze by Hugh Witzmann OSB] + Europe + North America + Pacific + South America


North America. Trappists and Trappistine Nuns of the US Region.


South America


+ Thomas Merton, 1915-1968 (Fr. Louis OCSO).

[Photo: T. Merton]

Historical Cistercian Abbeys


OSB Index | International Institutions | Geographic Search



Arms of Citeaux, "Araldica Monastica," Dizionario degli Istituti di Perfezione / diretto da Guerrino Pelliccia e da Giancarlo Rocca, 1. ed., (Roma: Edizioni Paoline, 1974-).
Arms of the Cistercian Order, colophon vignette, Sigurd Curman, Bidrag till kannedomen om Cistercienserordens Byggnadskonst, I:Kykroplanen (Stockholm: Norstedt, 1912) 213.B
Hugh Witzmann OSB, "Saint Benedict" (bronze) (Saint John's Abbey).
Merton photo by John Howard Griffin used on Fr. M. Louis OCSO's death notice.

Richard Oliver OSB

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