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Who are the Trappists? The History of the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance

Thu, Jan 24 at 5:15pm
Swift Hall, Common Room
1025 E 58th St,
Chicago, IL 60637
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Dom Mark Scott, OCSONew Melleray Abbey

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Free and open to the public. Cosponsored by the Theology Club. Persons with disabilities who may need assistance should contact us at 773-955-5887 or by email.

At this talk Dom Mark Scott, OCSO, abbot of New Melleray Abbey, will give an overview of the history and spirituality of the contemplative monastic order known as the Trappists.

Dom Mark will also lead a master class for students on the Song of Songs on January 25. More info HERE.


Dom Mark Scott, OCSO, was born in Sacramento, CA, in 1948. He graduated from the University of Santa Clara in 1970. In 1978, after a brief career in education, he entered New Clairvaux Abbey in Vina, CA, where he made monastic profession and was ordained to the priesthood. In 1992 he received a licentiate in Sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute. From 2000 to 2008 he served as superior and then abbot of  Assumption Abbey, Ava, MO, and from 2008 to 2013 was editor of Cistercian Studies Quarterly and editorial director of Cistercian Publications. Since 2013 Dom Mark has served as superior and now abbot of New Melleray Abbey, Peosta, IA.