About the Cistercian Order
In 1098 some Benedictine monks felt called by God to leave their monastery and begin a new monastery in Cîteaux, France. They became known as "Cistercians".
The Cistercian Order includes Roman Catholic monks and nuns all over the world.
The purpose of the Order is to help its members live a life of prayer and solitude, in poverty and simplicity.
Cistercians live together in communities called monasteries. There are 100 monastery for monks and 68 for nuns.
Cistercians do manual work and each monastery tries to earn its own living.
Cistercians first came to Norway in 1146 to Lyse Kloster. They were in Norway until the period of the Reformation in the 16th century.
The first permanent monastery of Cistercians to return to Norway came in 1999, to the island of Tautra in Trøndelag (central Norway). This is a monastery of nuns: Tautra Mariakloster.
Some persons feel an interest in joining a monastery. This site provides information about joining a Cistercian monastery.
For more information about joining the community at Tautra write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Fax: (34) 986 71 05 95
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