Visited this wonderful abbey Mount Angel Abbey in December, 2016. It has a wonderful natural history museum.
Franciscan Monastery of St. ClareI was fortunate to have the opportunity of attending their open house in February, 2015. This unique open house was the only time the cloistered area where the nuns reside was open to the public.
New Mellary Abbey is a Trappist Monastery located southwest of Dubuque, IA. It is such a wonderful place to visit. Also, our family purchased both of my parents' Beautiful wooden caskets from these Trappists (one of cherry wood and the other of walnut wood) upon their deaths.