1850 to today
In summer 1850 a small group of monks took up residence on the wild Scourmont plateau, near Chimay.
They established a farm, brewery and cheese creamery centered on the monastery.
Scourmont Abbey developed various business activities which created jobs in the region.
The Abbey of Notre-Dame de Scourmont belongs to the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance and follows the rules of Trappist life prescribed in the 17th century by Abbot de Rancé at his abbey "La Grande Trappe" in Normandy. This monastic branch has its roots in the rules and traditions defined by Saint Benoît as early as the 6th century. Trappist monks vow to lead a simple life dedicated to prayer and manual work. The latter provides a means of subsistence and enables them to support charitable work, both locally and through foundations established throughout the world.
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