Cistercian Studies Quarterly, founded in 1966, is an international review of the Christian monastic and contemplative spiritual tradition. Issues often include studies of the early desert tradition, Cassian, the Rule of Saint Benedict, Gregory the Great, Bernard of Clairvaux, Ælred of Rievaulx, and other Cistercian men and women from the twelfth century to the present. CSQ also features a wide spectrum of contemporary essays and book reviews. Sample articles can be viewed in Current and Recent Issues.
A Cumulative Index of all articles by author and title is available online.
At only $40 per year and averaging 136 pages per issue, CSQ is exceptionally affordable. See ordering instructions under Subscriptions.
Cistercian Studies Quarterly began as an offshoot of Collectanea, a review of monastic spirituality and history published under the auspices of the Cistercian Order of the Strict Observance (OCSO) since 1934. Though primarily a French language publication, for many years Collectanea included occasional articles in English. Eventually the need was felt to provide a complete English version of the journal, and thus Cistercian Studies Quarterly was founded in 1966.
CSQ's editorship has always resided in one of the Abbeys of the Cistercian Order of the Strict Observance. From 1966 to 1981 the review was edited at Caldey Abbey in Wales. Since then CSQ's editors have been members of various OCSO monasteries in the United States.
Initially patterned on Collectanea, Cistercian Studies Quarterly gradually became independent. Although it was originally intended as a forum for monastic authors and readers, from its early years the journal has included contributions from university and independent scholars. This collaboration has increased notably since the early nineteen-nineties both in terms of authorship and involvement in editorial responsibilities.
For a more complete account of CSQ's history see Br. Patrick Hart's 2003 article, "A Note on the Origins and Subsequent History of Cistercian Studies Quarterly," available here in PDF format.