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Tautra Mariakloster is a community of eight Cistercian nuns living the Rule of Benedict. Our Order was founded in the 1098 but our own monastery was founded from a monastery in USA (Dubuque, Iowa, Mississippi Abbey) in1999 and came to live here in Norway on this beautiful little island of Tautra in the Trondheims fjord. "Vi trives!" These are the Norwegian words that express our happiness and joy to live here.


We are a monastic and contemplative community.  This means that prayer (which finds its expression both in solitude and in a warm community spirit) is the main focus of our life. We go to the Church to sing the Psalms of David seven times a day and everything else is built around this.  Belonging to the Roman Catholic Church also means that the Eucharist is central in our day.  A Cistercian monk from Ireland is our chaplain so we have Mass daily and Eucharistic adoration as well.  But we prepare for these strong moments of worship through quiet, meditative prayer and lectio, a prayerful method for reading Sacred Scripture (the Bible).