Discover your place in God’s plan …

Embark on a journey worth taking …

Become a Trappistine sister …


To visit or begin a discernment process,
contact Sr. Victoria (Vocation Director) at sracommty@gmail.com
or call 520-455-5595 between 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. or 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., MST.

Life at Santa Rita Abbey

Santa Rita Abbey is a Cistercian monastery, a school of charity and of the Lord’s service. We follow the Rule of St. Benedict with its balance of prayer, work and sacred reading shared in a monastic community.


It is a place where love of God, neighbor, and all creation come together in a life of prayer, sincere conversion, humble service, simplicity and joy.


We were founded in 1972 in the high desert of Southern Arizona, a land of wide vistas and large sky where our monastery nestles in the foothills of the Santa Rita Mountains.


  • Age: Our age limit is twenty-one through forty.
  • Health: The life requires solid physical and mental health.
  • Community: Though we live in a general atmosphere of quietude, the life is highly communal, and the ability to live and work together is essential.
  • Responsibilities: A woman should be free of debt and the necessity to care for others.
  • Capacity for maturity: The life requires growth in maturity of judgment and choice. A strong and reliable sense of humor is essential.
  • Converts: A person needs two or three years of living her faith outside of a monastic structure, in the environment of the Catholic tradition.

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