Associates of the Iowa Cistercians

The AIC was initiated in 1995 at the request of Father Brendan Freeman, Abbot of New Melleray, and Mother Gail Fitzpatrick, Abbess of Our Lady of the Mississippi. We are unique in that we are associated with two monasteries, one of monks and one of nuns.

We have a three-year formation program. We meet monthly from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with a weekend retreat every other year.

We have developed a set of Constitutions which are based on the Consititutions of the Cistercian Order. These are available in English, French and Spanish on our group’s website.

Location

New Melleray Abbey (OCSO-monks)
6632 Melleray Circle
Peosta, IA 52068
United States
Fr. Jonah Wharff
frjonah@newmelleray.org
Website

Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey (OCSO-Nuns)
8400 Abbey Hill
Dubuque, IA 52003
Website

Lay Leader
Teresa McMahon
thmcmahon61@gmail.com
4000 Oak Forest Drive
Des Moines, Iowa 50312
United States