Jesus needs souls who listen to him in silence.
Saint Rafael Arnaiz

Discernment Retreat September 28th & 29th

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Our Lady of the Angels Monastery is a community of Trappist-Cistercian nuns. Our life is wholly ordered to contemplation. We journey together towards an ever closer personal union with Christ, through mutual care, a balanced life of prayer, work and study, according to our Cistercian tradition, in communion with the Church and in intercession for the world.
From the Monastery


It is often rather moving to hear a couple who have been married for many years retell the story of how they met each other. There is usually nothing extraordinary in the circumstances of their encounter, but the spark that lightens up in their eyes is the sign of how meaningful this story is for them, even if it has been told time and again.

Holy Week is also a love story. That of the greatest lover of all times who gave his life for his Bride, the Church, and in her, for each one of us. He remained faithful to the end and showed us that there is no greater love than to lay down our lives for our friends (Jn 15:13).

We can be tempted to see Holy Week as one more week of the year, but it truly isn’t. The mystery of the cross interrupts time and history to make all things new in the most unexpected way. Have you experienced it? Only following Jesus can we truly learn that the under the shadow of the cross begins the way to glory.