Key Cistercian Text

Rule of S. Benedict

Exordium Parvum - A narative that includes the early history of Cîteaux , incorporating official letters and documents with narrative.

Exordium Cistercii
- A brief narrative of the early history of the Order, that ends in 1115.

Carta Caritatis
(Charter of Charity) - This was a pioneering document that established the constitutional framework of the Order; it outlined the federal arrangement of the abbeys that were bound in ties of unity and subject to annual visitation. It is the skeleton on which contemporary Cistercian life is built.

Exordium - A Program of Reflection and Study on the Values of the Cistercian Reform prepared by Father Michael Casey of Tarrawarra Abbey in Australia.