Life of prayer
Life in a community
Life of work

ONZE-LIEVE-VROUW VAN HET HEILIG HART
WESTMALLE ABBEY

Westmalle Abbey, called Onze-Lieve-Vrouw van het Heilig Hart, belongs to the Cistercian Order, which was founded in the eleventh century. This order is commonly referred to as ‘the Trappists’, after the Normandy abbey of La Trappe.

Reform of the Cistercian Order spread from there in the seventeenth century. Westmalle Abbey, founded in 1794, belongs to the ‘Cistercians of Strict Observance’, but is generally known as the ‘Trappist Abbey of Westmalle’.

Amonk’s life is primarily a life of prayer. But it is also a life in community and a life of work. You will learn more about this on this website.