Abbeys

The International Trappist Association (ITA) unites twenty Trappist abbeys within Europe and beyond.  Foodstuffs and other articles are produced in all abbeys that are members of the ITA. This production takes place within the walls of a monastery, or nearby, and always under the supervision of Trappists and Trappistines who are often also involved in the production.   

Below you will find a brief profile of the abbeys that are members of the ITA. For more information about the religious communities and their history, please consult the websites of individual abbeys. 

St. Benedictus Abbey, De Achelse Kluis (Achel, Belgium)

St. Benedictus Abbey, De Achelse Kluis (Achel, Belgium)

Sint-Benedictusabdij De Achelse Kluis
B-3930 Hamont-Achel Belgium
T +32 (0) 11 80 07 69

+32 (0) 11 80 07 69
abdij@achelsekluis.org
http://www.achelsekluis.org

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The Achelse Kluis (St. Benedictus Abbey) is located on the border of North Brabant (Netherlands) and North Limburg (Belgium). The abbey was founded in 1846 by the Trappist monks of Westmalle, of which it depends entirely today.. The brewery cannot be visited, however beer can be tasted in  a café located in the former abbey stables, where the copper vats used for brewing can be seen. There is also an abbey shop, bookshop and guest house on the premises for whoever would like to experience a day of silence. It is not possible to spend the night in the guest house.

Our Lady of Koningshoeven Abbey (Tilburg, Netherlands)

Our Lady of Koningshoeven Abbey (Tilburg, Netherlands)

Eindhovenseweg 3

5056 RP Berkel-Enschot, NL

Fax: +31 (0)13 54 43 678

+31 (0)13 540 85 08
info@koningshoeven.nl
http://www.koningshoeven.nl

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In 1881, fleeing French monks founded Our Lady of Koningshoeven Abbey on what once had been the property of King William II near Tilburg. The abbey currently houses a community of Trappist monks who all work in various artisanal industries. The best known is the brewery « Koningshoeven B.V. Brewery », where monks have been brewing La Trappe Trappist beer since 1884.  The monks also make organic cheese, chocolates, bread, and honey, all of which are sold in the abbey shop.  All who would like to taste the beer are welcome to do so in the Tasting Room, housed in a small café in the abbey's public gardens. Koningshoeven also has a guest house.

Abbey shop

Koningshoeven's abbey shop is open from April to October, on Tuesday through Sunday, from 12 pm to 6 pm, as well as on Monday from 1:30 pm to 6 pm.  Opening times may vary during other months. Abbey products can also be purchased online at https://www.kloosterwinkelonline.nl and www.abdijproduct.nl (home delivery in Belgium and the Netherlands).

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Abbey (Westmalle, Belgium)

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Abbey (Westmalle, Belgium)

Antwerpsesteenweg 496

B-2390 Westmalle

fax.: +32 (0)3 312 92 28

+32 (0)3 312 92 00
info@trappistwestmalle.be
https://www.trappistwestmalle.be/

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Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Abbey in Westmalle was founded in 1794. The abbey is famous for its Westmalle Dubbel and Tripel beers. These beers can be bought in selected shops and food service facilities.  Any income from the sale of these beers is reinvested in the brewery and used to improve the working conditions of the employees.  In addition, the Trappist monks make a semi-hard, ripe cheese from the milk of their own cows.  This cheese is only available at the entrance of the abbey and in a few selected stores. The Trappist monks of Westmalle also receive income from their guest house. The abbey and brewery are not open to the public. 

Scourmont Abbey (Chimay, Belgium)

Scourmont Abbey (Chimay, Belgium)

Route du Rond Point 294, B-6464 Forges (Chimay)
fax +32 (0)60 21 36 46

 

+32 (0)60 21 05 11
abbaye@chimay.be
http://www.scourmont.be

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Scourmont Abbey near Chimay was built in 1850 by a group of monks from Westvleteren Abbey. The Trappists have been producing Chimay beers and cheeses in their own brewery and cheese production facility for more than a hundred years. They do this with about a hundred employees, primarily lay people from the area, thereby making an important contribution to employment opportunities. The monks have set up a special foundation for their contributions to social projects:  the “Chimay Wartoise Foundation.”

Orval Abbey (Orval, Belgium)

Orval Abbey (Orval, Belgium)

B-6823 Villers-devant-Orval


brasserie@orval.be
http://www.orval.be

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Orval Abbey is located in Belgium, in the Gaume forest near the French border, is since 1070 the abbey of Orval, rebuilt in 192. It has been there since 1926. The abbey has had an artisanal cheese making facility since 1928, and a beer brewery since 1931.  Ensuring building maintenance and contributions to charity are still one of the objectives of the abbey's beer production. The brewery is not open to the general public, but the historical part of the abbey is. The abbey shop is located here, with a large assortment of Trappist products for sale. The abbey also has a guest house where people can make a retreat for several days of reflection.

Abbey shop

Orval's abbey shop is open daily in the winter from 10:30 am to 5 pm. In the summer (June through September) the shop is open daily from 9:30 am to 6:30 pm. Between seasons, it is open from 9:30 am to 6 pm. 

Our Lady of Saint-Remy Abbey (Rochefort, Belgium)

Our Lady of Saint-Remy Abbey (Rochefort, Belgium)

B-5580 Rochefort
Fax: +32 (0)84 22 10 75

+32 (0)84 22 01 40
http://www.trappistes-rochefort.com

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Our Lady of Saint-Rémy Abbey in Rochefort, Belgium, was founded in 1230 at the foot of a wooded hill.  In the course of the abbey's history, it was destroyed several times and always rebuilt. For centuries, the monks have been brewing high fermentation Rochefort Trappist® beer;  the brewery is still the abbey's major source of income. The monks produce the beer together with a proficient team of employees. In order to protect the “silent” character of the monastery, the abbey is not open to visitors, however guests are welcome in the guest house and in the church. 

Our Lady of Brialmont Abbey (Tilff, Belgium)

Our Lady of Brialmont Abbey (Tilff, Belgium)

B-4130 Tilff
Fax: +32 (0)43 88 10 44

+32 (0)43 88 17 98
brialmont.abbaye@skynet.be
http://www.brialmont.be

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Our Lady of Brialmont Abbey in Tilff has been a Trappist abbey since 1961.  It is housed in the old Castle of Brialmont, built in 1282. The community of nuns cultivates chestnut mushrooms, the most important source of income for the abbey.  The nuns sell some of these mushrooms as fresh produce,  and some as semi-finished products for the processing of other products. The Trappistines also have their own abbey shop and a guest house. 

Abbey shop

Brialmont's abbey shop is open Wednesday through Sunday, from 9 am to 12 pm, and from 2 pm to 5 pm. It is closed all day Monday, and on Tuesday mornings.

Our Lady of Soleilmont Abbey (Fleurus, Belgium)

Our Lady of Soleilmont Abbey (Fleurus, Belgium)

Avenue Gilbert 150

B-6220 Fleurus

Fax: +32 (0)71 38 56 62

+32 (0)71 38 02 09
sol.communaute@belgacom.net
http://www.abbayedesoleilmont.be

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Our Lady of Soleilmont Abbey is located in Fleurus, in the green area surrounding the Belgian city of Charleroi. This is the home of a community of Trappistine nuns.  The first traces of the monastery go back to the 12th century.  After a serious fire in 1963 destroyed most of the monastic buildings, the sisters moved into their "new" abbey of  Soleilmont, a stone's throw away, in 1973. They live on income from their bread bakery and their Eucharistic bread bakery, from the production of liturgical vestments, and some works of art. These are sold in their monastery shop, where books and other articles can also be purchased. 

Abbey shop 

Our Lady of Soleilmont's abbey shop is open every day from 9:15 am to 7 pm. On Fridays, fresh bread is for sale, beginning at 1 pm. 

Sint-Sixtus Abbey (Westvleteren, Belgium)

Sint-Sixtus Abbey (Westvleteren, Belgium)

Donkerstraat 12

B-8640 Westvleteren

 

+32 (0)57 40 03 76
http://www.sintsixtus.be

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Sint-Sixtus Abbey became the home of Trappist monks in 1831. They soon started brewing beer to support themselves. They are still doing this, selling the beer as a non-profit, and requiring customers to make a purchase reservation. Sint-Sixtus Abbey and brewery are not open to the public, but the abbey does have a guest house where visitors may stay for several days. Guests are also welcome in “Het Claustrum,” their visitors' centre located across the street from the abbey, where those who are interested can get a glimpse of monastic life.

“Het Claustrum” visitors' centre

“Het Claustrum” visitors' centre, across the street from the abbey, is open Saturday through Wednesday from 2 pm to 5 pm. In July and August, visitors are also welcome on Thursday. 

Our Lady of Nazareth Abbey (Brecht, Belgium)

Our Lady of Nazareth Abbey (Brecht, Belgium)

Abdijlaan 9

B-2960 Brecht

Fax: +32 (0)3 313 43 54

 

 

+32 (0)3 313 92 50
trapp.nazareth@telenet.be
http://www.abdijnazareth.be

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The Trappistine nuns of Our Lady of Nazareth Abbey live and work here since 1950. Their income is based on the production of soap for personal and household use. They sell their products through their own shop and in the abbey shops of other ITA members. IThe abbey also has a needlework  studio where the nuns sew and embroider flags, banners, pennants and liturgical vestments. There is a guest house with 18 rooms where guests can stay for one or more days.

Abbey shop

Our Lady of Nazareth's abbey shop is open Monday through Saturday, from 9 am to 12 pm, and from 1:30 pm to 5 pm. On Sunday, the abbey shop is open from 9 am to 10:30 am and from 1:30 pm to 6 pm. Abbey products are also available online via www.abdijproduct.nl (home delivery in Belgium and the Netherlands).

Our Lady of Klaarland Priory (Bocholt, Belgium)

Our Lady of Klaarland Priory (Bocholt, Belgium)

Vosheuvelstraat 39

B-3950 Bocholt

 

32 (0)11 44 61 69
contact@priorijklaarland.be
https://www.priorijklaarland.be

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Six nuns from Our Lady of Nazareth Abbey in Brecht founded Our Lady of Klaarland Priory in 1970. The current group of Trappistine nuns produces jam made from fruits (partly) raised in their own garden, as well as cookies/biscuits, liturgical vestments, candles and greetings cards. In addition, they pack and distribute brewers' yeast tablets made from pure Chimay Trappist® yeast. Our Lady of Klaarland Priory also has an abbey shop and a guest house.

Abbey shop

Klaarland's shop is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 am to 12 pm, and from 2:30 pm to 5 pm. On Sunday, the shop is open after the 11:15 mass and from 2:30 pm to 5 pm. Klaarland's products are also available online via www.abdijproduct.nl (home delivery in Belgium and the Netherlands).

Lilbosch Abbey (Echt and Tegelen, The Netherlands)

Lilbosch Abbey (Echt and Tegelen, The Netherlands)

Lilbosch Abbey and shop
Pepinusbrug 6a

6102 RJ Echt, NL
Tel.: +31 (0)475 33 31 89

www.abdij-lilbosch.nl
info@abdij-lilbosch.nl 

abdijwinkel@abdij-lilbosch.nl

Uelingsheide Abbey shop

Ulingsheide 1a

5932 NA Tegelen, NL
Tel.: +31 (0)77 373 23 45

Fax: +31 (0)77 373 73 62 
www.uelingsheide.nl

+31 (0)475 48 12 53
info@abdij-lilbosch.nl
http://www.abdij-lilbosch.nl

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Lilbosch Abbey is composed of two sites: the abbey in Echt and the Abbey Court (formerly an abbey) on the Uelingsheide, in the nearby town of Tegelen. Both sites share their history as two separate religious communities which were merged in 2002.  The Trappists of Lilbosch cultivate their own grains, vegetables, and fruit, and raise pigs known as LiVar-Kloostervarkens for meat. They also import special wines for sale. Their “Uelingsheide Wine distillery” is the largest supplier of Mass wine in the Netherlands.  The Trappist monks sell their products in the abbey shops on both sites. The Abbey and Abbey Court are not open to visitors, but guests are heartily welcome in Echt's guest house.

Maria Toevlucht Abbey (Zundert, Netherlands)

Maria Toevlucht Abbey (Zundert, Netherlands)

Rucphenseweg 38
4882 KC Zundert, NL

+31 (0)76 597 42 51
info@abdijmariatoevlucht.nl
http://www.abdijmariatoevlucht.nl

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Maria Toevlucht Abbey is located in Zundert, surrounded by woods and meadows. Trappist monks have lived and worked here since 1900. Since 2013, they have been brewing Zundert Trappist® beer in their own brewery. The beer is sold in the abbey shop and by many drink retailers. In the abbey shop the monks also sell CDs of religious music (recorded by the monks), books which they themselves publish, and many products from other abbeys. Anyone wishing to make a retreat for two to five days is welcome in Maria Toevlucht's guest house. 

Abbey shop

The abbey shop is located in the abbey's gatehouse. The shop is open Tuesday through Saturday from 2:15 pm to 4:45 pm.  

On Sunday, the shop is open from 11 am to 11:50 am. 

Stift Engelszell Abbey (Engelhartzell, Austria)

Stift Engelszell Abbey (Engelhartzell, Austria)

A - 4090 Engelhartszell
Austria
Fax: +43 07717 8010 17

 

+43 07717 8010
abtei@stift-engelszell.at
http://www.stift-engelszell.at

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Stift Engelszell Abbey in Austria (established in 1239) is located in the little village of Engelhartszell, near the Danube River in a valley surrounded by richly forested hills. The monastery church is Rococo in style, which attracts visitors from all over Europe.  The small Trappist community operates its own beer brewery and liqueur distillery. The monks also produce honey from their own bees and make pralines with Engelszell Liquor. They sell their products in the abbey shop and online at http://shop.stift-engelszell.at/.

Abbey shop

Stift Engelszell's abbey shop is open weekdays from April 1 through October 31, from 9 am to 5 pm, and on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm. Opening times may vary from November 1 through March 31. 

Mont-des-Cats Abbey (Godewaersvelde, France)

Mont-des-Cats Abbey (Godewaersvelde, France)

2470 Route du Mont des Cats
F-59 270 Godewaersvelde
Fax : +33 03 28 43 83 61

+33 03 28 43 83 60
http://www.abbaye-montdescats.com

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Mont-des-Cats Abbey is located at the top of the small hill “Mont-des-Cats” in French Flanders (Nord-Pas-de-Calais). It was established in 1826. Even then the Trappist monks lived off the sale of their artisanal cheese artisanally produced cheese. The monks are still producing and selling this cheese. They entrusted Brasserie de Chimay with the production of Mont des Cats. The abbey covers its own living expenses from the sale of beer and cheese, as well as those of its foundation in Madagascar. Another source of income is the 28-room guest house. The abbey also has a library and a monastery shop. 

Abbey shop

Monts-des-Cats' abbey store is open Wednesday through Saturday, April 1 through September 30, from 10 am to 12 noon, and from 2 pm to 6 pm. On Sunday and Monday, the shop is open from 2 pm to 6 pm. In the winter, opening times may vary. 

Our Lady of Port du Salut Abbey (Entrammes, France)

Our Lady of Port du Salut Abbey (Entrammes, France)

Port Rhingeard
53260 Entrammes, France

 

+33 02 43 64 18 64
http://www.portdusalut.fr

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Our Lady of Port du Salut Abbey was founded in the 13th century in Entrammes, France, in the departement of Mayenne. These Trappists experienced a golden age with the production of “Port Salut” cheese. They even registered the trademark in 1874, but in 1959 they transferred their rights to a commercial company. The cheese still known by this name is not produced by the Trappists. The monks of Our Lady of Port du Salut, however, did not remain idle. As a source of income, they receive guests in their guest house and sell electrical power generated in their own power plant, which is operated in a fully restored 19th century grain mill. They also have an abbey shop where they sell their own artisanal cookies/biscuits.  

Port du Salut's abbey shop is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 am to 11:15 am, and from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm. On Sundays, the shop is open from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm. 

Saint Joseph's Abbey (Spencer, Massachusetts, USA)

Saint Joseph's Abbey (Spencer, Massachusetts, USA)

167 North Spencer Road
Spencer, Massachusetts
MA 01562-1233 (USA)

+1 508.885.8700
monks@spencerabbey.org
http://www.spencerabbey.org

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In 1825, French monks founded the first Trappist monastery in North America, in Tracadie, Nova Scotia. This group, which also included eight monks from Westvleteren Abbey, grew and the monastery was raised to the status of an abbey in 1876. After two devastating fires, the community moved to Spencer in 1950, where they founded Saint Joseph's Abbey. The Trappist monks brew their own Spencer Trappist Ale, produce jam, and make liturgical vestments, the latter being done in collaboration with local tailors. Visitors are welcome in the monastery's guest chapel, in the guest house, and in the abbey shop and book store. 

Abbey shop

The shop and book store at Saint Joseph's Abbey are open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 am to 5 pm. On Sunday, the shop is open from 1 pm to 4:30 pm. 

Tre Fontane Abbey (Rome, Italy)

Tre Fontane Abbey (Rome, Italy)

Via Acque Salvie, 1

00142 – Rome

Italy

 


http://www.abbaziatrefontane.it

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Trappist monks have lived and worked in Tre Fontane Abbey in Rome since the 10th century, while monastic life in this place dates back to the first centuries of Christianity . After 1870, the monks planted many eucalyptus trees here to combat malaria. 

Since 2015 they have had a beer brewery where they brew their own beer with a eucalyptus aroma.  They also produce olive oil, various types of honey, chocolate, and liqueur. These items can be purchased in the abbey shop.  The large abbey includes three churches, all of which are open to guests.  

Abbey shop

The abbey shop is open Sunday through Saturday from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm, and from 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

Monastery of St. Peter of Cardeña (Burgos, Spain)

Monastery of St. Peter of Cardeña (Burgos, Spain)

09193 S. Pedro de Cardeña, Burgos

Spain

Fax: +34 947 290075

 

+34 947 290033
http://www.monasteriosanpedrodecardena.com

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The Monastery of St. Peter of Cardeña is located in the Spanish town of Burgos, in the region of Castilla y León.   According to tradition, the community was established by monks from Monte Cassino in 534 and was a Benedictine monastery until 1835. In 1948 it became a Cistercian abbey. The Trappist monks make table wine, herbal liqueur and chocolate. A beer is brewed in Leone under the responsibility of the Abbey. They have a ceramics studio and they also produce pecorino goat's cheese. Visitors are warmly welcomed in the bodega (wine cellar) on the abbey premises, as well as in the guest house and the abbey shop where the monks sell their artisanal products. These products are also available online.

Mount Saint Bernard Abbey (Leicestershire, UK)

Mount Saint Bernard Abbey (Leicestershire, UK)

Oaks Road, Coalville 
Leicestershire LE67 5UL
UK 

 

+44 01530-832-298
monks@mountsaintbernard.org
http://www.mountsaintbernard.org

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Mount Saint Bernard Abbey was founded as a Trappist monastery in the heart of rural Leicestershire (UK) in 1835. . They have a pottery studio, some beehives,  and a newly established beer brewery.  In June 2018, they introduced their first Trappist® beer on the market.  It is now for sale in the monastery store as well as via selected marketing channels.

Abbey shop

The abbey shop is open Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 12:10 pm, from 12:30 pm to 2:10 pm, and from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm.  

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