"The Cistercians and Sheep-farming"

 

Cistercian Monk - from 'English Monastic Life' (1904)
Public DomainCistercian Monk - from 'English Monastic Life' (1904) - Credit: F.A. Gasquet
Father Jesus M.Oliver, a Cistercian monk from Catalonia (2009)
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeFather Jesus M.Oliver, a Cistercian monk from Catalonia (2009) - Credit: Oliver-Bonjoch, Wikimedia Commons

The Cistercians are a  Catholic order of monks and nuns, founded in France in 1098.

Their original purpose was to follow  The Rule of St. Benedict, with great emphasis being placed on manual labour and self-sufficiency.