BACK TO THE BEGINNING
With the goal of strictly following the original rules of the Benedictine order, a group of monks founded Cîteaux Monastery in 1098. The order endorsed strict austerity and did not want to live off of leasing to farmers. Instead, the monks worked their own lands. When Bernhard von Clairvaux entered the monastery in 1113, the order began experiencing an enormous revival. Because of his sermons and his works, he may be considered the true founder of the order.