Introduction

Our Lady of the Southern Star Abbey in the Hawke’s Bay of New Zealand belongs to the Cistercian Order, a “community” of contemplative monasteries scattered all around the world. Their history began in a reformation of Benedictine monasticism in France during the 12th century. There arose at that time amongst these white-cowled monks “one of the greatest spiritual masters of all times”, Bernard of Clairvaux. During his lifetime, he oversaw the “planting” of 65 new Cistercian communities. Today these men and women who “live to pray” and whose work is prayer are often known as Trappists, as the result of a further reformation of their movement during the 17th century at La Trappe in France.

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