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The Community


by Fr. Dismas Gannon

Our Lady of Guadalupe Trappist Monastery

Founded in 1948 from Our Lady of the Valley in Pecos, New Mexico.
Moved to Oregon in 1955.

When I entered Our Lady of the Valley Monastery in Rhode Island in 1943, the community numbered about 70. In 1947, due to the influx of vocations following World War 2, the number of monks had risen to 130 and the monastery, built for 90, was bursting at the seams. In an historic first, it was decided to make a new foundation called, Our Lady of Guadalupe, to be located in Pecos, New Mexico in a renovated dude ranch. So, in 1948, 34 of us entrained for our new home. Our formal founding date is April 22, 1948.
Over the next seven years our numbers grew to 60 and our Monastery was once again crowded. We had to decide either to build or relocate. Since we had only 50 arable acres at 7100 feet and preferred to earn our living farming, we decided to move. We found our new home in the lush Willamette Valley and transferred the entire community to Lafayette, Oregon on March 1, 1955. Three of our original Founders are still with us, but due to deaths and departures, our community now numbers 32.

Community News & Events

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Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe 2016

Homily: Archbishop Vlazny

We celebrated another glorious feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on the December 12th and were especially blessed to have...

A Monastic Life Experience: Steve Fawver

Community News:

Our Monastic Life Participant from Spring 2016, Steve Fawver, has graciously agreed to share with us some of his thoughts about...

Br Clarence’s Funeral Homily

Br. Clarence Schneider, 1922-2016

On August 15th, 2016 our Br. Clarence died quietly while taking a walk in the infirmary.  On August 24th,...