The monks of the Abbey of Our Lady of the Prairies have welcomed artists from the St. Norbert Arts Centre into their archival history. Here we have found a story of peace, a community of love and devotion, an ancient way of life guided by the principles of simplicity, self-sufficiency and prayer. Join us as we discover a spiritual journey through the humble daily life of a 21st Century monk.
Notes: 1. The Trappist Monks of the monastery called Our Lady of the Prairies are part of the larger order called the Cistercian Order of Strict Observance. For 85 years, a monastery in St. Norbert was home at one time to more than 50 Trappist monks. As the City of Winnipeg expanded throughout the 1960’s and 70’s, the once reclusive site of the monastery became threatened. In 1978, the monks sought a new home in Holland, Manitoba, where they currently reside.
2. The Guest House Building of the Trappist Monks is now home to the St. Norbert Arts Centre and Trappist Monastery Provincial Park. The stewardship mandate of the St. Norbert Arts Centre includes cultural, environmental and spiritual dynamics of the site. Here, creative spirits from all walks of life join in retreat dedicated to artistic expression, site stewardship and community life.