Monastic Life

Western Michigan University has a longstanding interest in medieval monasticism, as epitomized by its Center for Cistercian and Monastic Studies.


This series follows the Center’s interest in monastic movements amid broader religious traditions. It explores the everyday life of monastic individuals and the collective experience of religious communities, and it focuses on the nature of asceticism and monasticism rather than monastic institutions, patronage or property. The series is a home for research on Eastern Christian communities and also welcomes submissions exploring non-Christian traditions during the period 500–1500 CE.

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Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Dom Edmond Obrecht Collection of Gethsemani Abbey

Edited by Susan M. B. Steuer and E. Rozanne Elder

This catalogue describes an American manuscript collection brought to the USA during the first part of the twentieth century. Owned by the Trappist abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani in Kentucky (the house of Thomas Merton) the eclectic collection includes medieval manuscripts as well as materials of interest for the study of the French Revolution.

ISBN 978-1-58044-222-0 (clothbound) © 2016 Buy this book