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St.Mary's Abbey, Glencairn - Cistercian Monastery Ireland

Who we are

St Mary’s Abbey, Glencairn is the only Cistercian monastery for women in Ireland. Our monastery is located in the Blackwater Valley, about three miles upstream from Lismore, County Waterford.

At the heart of the monastic life is the search for God.  We seek God and follow Christ in a life of prayer and community, solitude and simplicity, work and hospitality.

We follow the Rule of St Benedict, an ancient source of monastic wisdom that continues to guide many people in search of an authentic spiritual path in today’s world.

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Our monastic day consists of a balance of: Prayer, Work and Lectio Divina

Our Community

Our community was founded in 1932 by Holy Cross Abbey, Stapehill, England with the support of the monks of Mount Melleray Abbey, County Waterford, Ireland.

The community quickly grew and in 1949 Glencairn founded the first Cistercian monastery for women in the United States; Mount Saint Mary’s Abbey, Wrentham, Massachussetts.

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News & Reflections

Entrance Antiphon Reflection for the Third Sunday of Easter

Sr Eleanor continues her series on the Entrance Antiphon for the Mass during the season of Eastertide.   Cry out with joy to God, all the earth; O sing to...

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Former Chaplain of Glencairn, Fr Bonaventure Cumiskey RIP

  Father Bonaventure Cumiskey, or Fr Bon, as he was fondly known, was chaplain in Glencairn from 1981 to 1990. Born in Kells, Co. Meath, in 1922, he entered Mount...

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Reflection for the Second Sunday of Easter

  Like newborn infants, you must long for the pure, spiritual milk, that in him you may grow to salvation, alleluia.  (1 Pet 2:2 – sung with verses from psalm...

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Mass & Prayer Times

All are invited to join us for the liturgy.

Sundays:

4:10am – Vigils

7:45am – Lauds

11:00am – Eucharist

12:40pm – Sext

3:00pm – None

6:00pm – Vespers

6:30pm – Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

7:45pm – Compline

Weekdays:

4:10am – Vigils

7:45am – Lauds

8:10am – Eucharist

9:45am – Terce

12:40pm – Sext

2:45pm – None

6:00pm – Vespers

7:45pm – Compline

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