In 1125 Citeaux founded a monastery for pious women who wanted to imitate the austere
life of the monks. During this time, many monasteries of nuns had taken over Cistercian
usages. The Cistercian Order became the first unified order of monks and nuns. Our
form of Cistercian life was brought to the United States in 1957 when nuns from
the Swiss Abbey of Frauenthal, founded our monastery; the first for nuns of our Order
in our country.