Trappist Caskets

16632 Monastery Road

Peosta, Iowa 52068

United States

(563) 585-0793

Trappist Caskets is a work of the self-sufficient monks of New Melleray Abbey, located near Dubuque, Iowa. We are monks of the Roman Catholic Church who belong to the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance, known as Trappists. The simple, and yet structured, Trappist day begins with our first prayers at 3:30 a.m. The life of a Trappist monk is wholly ordered to contemplation, as we are guided by the mandate to “Let nothing be preferred to the work of God.” We are not a high volume manufacturer. We work at a monastic pace, paying close attention to detail. Our artisans employ techniques perfected through generations – producing caskets and urns of unique quality.

Trappist Caskets and urns are crafted at the Catholic monastery of New Melleray Abbey. Along with prayer and study, our casket and urn ministry is an extension of our sacred work. We labor quietly with our hands in support of our life of simplicity. The monks view casket making as a corporal work of mercy. All caskets and urns are blessed by a monk. Here, the life of prayer is imparted into our labor as we observe the call to “pray without ceasing.” We offer a mass in remembrance of each person who has used a Trappist casket or urn and inscribe their name in our Memorial Book.

Founded in 1849, New Melleray Abbey was established at the time of the great famine by the monks of Mt. Melleray Abbey in County Waterford, Ireland. As Cistercians, we follow the ancient monastic Rule of St. Benedict. Consistent with that rule, our vocation is expressed in a hidden life of silent prayer, community liturgy, and manual labor. Simple living is one of the hallmarks of our life. We support ourselves by the work of our hands.

New Melleray Abbey launched Trappist Caskets in 1999, when we began selling caskets and urns directly to families at wholesale costs. Our work at Trappist Caskets provides us with both meaningful work and vital financial support. We view our casket business as a ministry – a corporal work of mercy. We hope to impart a sense of sanctity into all that we make.

While it’s become commercially strategic these days for companies to talk about becoming “eco-friendly”, we at New Melleray Abbey have been guided by the spiritual mandate to practice responsible stewardship for over 160 years. Consequently, we work hard to be sustainable, even if it means less profit or slower production. Much of the wood we use is taken directly from our own award-winning 1200-acre forest. We manage our forest to be a diverse eco-system. Our plan calls for continuous forest improvement, which includes planting far more trees than we will ever harvest. In fact, a new tree is planted as a living memorial to every person who uses a Trappist casket or urn.

We bring old world craftsmanship and a sense of sanctity to fine wooden caskets. Our caskets and urns are available for immediate shipment. Delivery arrangements can be made with a simple phone call, including next day delivery when necessary. Reserve your Trappist Casket now – it’s one less thing your family will have to worry about. The process is easy, and your purchase insulates you from any future casket price increases.

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