Established in 1950, Assumption Abbey is a monastary in Ava, Missouri. It is made up of monks of the Cistercian Order of the Strict Observance, otherwise known as Trappists. The monks live a life of quietness and separation from worldy matters in order to more completely dedicate themselves to the task of following God's will.

Consider this typical daily schedule:

  • 3:15    Rise, the Office of Vigils
  • 6:30    Morning Prayer and Eucharist
  • 9:00    Mid-Morning Prayer, Work till 11:30
  • 11:45  Mid-Day Prayer, Dinner in common, Dishes
  • 2:00    Mid-Afternoon Prayer, Work till 4:30
  • 5:45    Evening Prayer, Meditation
  • 7:45    Compline and Retire

Assumption Abbey is best known for manufacturing some of the finest fruitcake available. Each fruitcake is made entirely by monks at the monastary and then aged to perfection. This type of fruitcake is not to be confused with the awful dry stuff you find at the supermarket. Each 2-lb fruitcake sells for $24.00 including shipping.

To order a fruitcake visit their website,, or phone toll free: 1-888-738-0117.

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