Lay Cistercians of Gethsemani

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Thank you for visiting our website. Lay Cistercians of Gethsemani Abbey (LCG) are lay Christians who are called to follow the Cistercian charism and spirituality of the Abbey of Gethsemani in Trappist, Kentucky. Our local communities meet in various locations throughout the United States.

Lay Cistercians of Gethsemani Abbey is devoted to nourish and sustain individuals who recognize a personal call that is experienced in community as a gift from God. We are called to be an active witness of Christ and his Church in the midst of the world, providing a prayerful and contemplative testimony in a life defined by the values of the Cistercian charism. This life is guided by the Rule of Saint Benedict as a concrete way to interpret the Gospel, and by our Cistercian Fathers and Mothers. This personal call is a means of continuous conversion, one that leads to a rediscovery and deepening of the grace of our baptism and the development of an adult faith.