26 Feb Practicing In the Timeless Presence of God
The Abbot of Mariawald Speaks
They rise at 3:00 am for Mass. They work and study and pray. They are vegetarians.
The Cistercian Rule is considered one of the strictest in the Church, and the Order has left their mark on Germany for centuries. (See here for more on how these monks literally engineered the German landscape.)
The Abbey at Mariawald was established in 1486, six years before Christopher Columbus set sail for America. The monastery is picturesquely located among rolling green fields and forests near Germany’s French and Belgian borders.
Here, the strict rule of the Trappists is once again in effect, by special permission of Pope Benedict XVI. The monks celebrate the traditional Latin Mass in their ancient Rite.
In February, Abbot Josef Vollberg OCSO of Mariawald sat down to talk with Regina Magazine about his Abbey, their strict Rule, and how today German Catholics are turning up at the monks’ door seeking Confession, the Mass and the life of a Cistercian monk.