Welcome to our Community

Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey is a monastery of Cistercian (Trappist) nuns. A community of Roman Catholic women, we try to follow Jesus Christ through a life of prayer, silence, simplicity, and ordinary work.

Our rule of life, after the Gospel, is the Rule of St Benedict. Our Order is wholly ordered to contemplation.

Seven times a day we gather in the abbey church to sing God’s praise. We offer hospitality by inviting you to join us for liturgy, to breathe in the peace of our grounds, or to come away and rest in one of our retreat houses.

Our monastery is situated on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River south of Dubuque, Iowa. We earn our living through the Monastery Candy we produce in a workshop on our property and sell by mail. The beautiful land God has committed to our stewardship includes many acres of managed woodlands as well as grazing pasture and cropland.

Days & Hours

Prayer Services

3:45 Vigils
7:00 Lauds
(7:15 on Mondays)
12:00 Sext
2:00 None –
Not prayed in Church on
Sundays and Wednesdays

5:00 Vespers
7:15 Compline –
Not prayed in Church on

Sunday differences:
6:45 Lauds
11:30 Sext
4:30 Adoration

Mass Times

Sunday 8:30am
Monday 5:00pm
Tuesday 7:00am
Wednesday 7:00am
Thursday 7:00am
Friday 7:00am
Saturday 7:00am

For full horarium…

For upcoming schedule changes see: News and Events

Mass will not be celebrated in the Abbey Church.

Gift Shop Hours

Sunday closed
Monday 11am – 3pm
Tuesday closed
Wednesday closed
Thursday 11am – 3pm
Friday 11am – 3pm
Saturday closed