St. Mary's AI, Glencairn

St. Mary's Abbey, Glencairn, Lismore, Co. Waterford, Ireland

Welcome to St. Mary's Abbey, Glencairn

St Mary's Abbey, Glencairn is the only Cistercian monastery for women in Ireland. Our monastery is located in the Blackwater Valley, about 3 miles upstream from Lismore, County Waterford.

At the heart of the monastic life is the search for God; here at Glencairn, 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.

There are three key elements in our day: Lectio Divina, Liturgy and Work.

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School of Love - RTE Documentary on Glencairn Abbey

In the Garden
WORK AND PRAYER
are the opposite sides
of the great coin
of a life
that is both holy and useful,
immersed in God
and dedicated to the transcendent
in the human.
It is labour's transfiguration of the commonplace,
the transformation of the ordinary
that makes co-creators of us all'.

- Sr Joan ChittchIster OSB

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.

Saint Justina's monastery, a second foundation of Glencairn, was founded in Abakaliki, Nigeria in 1982.

Today, we are a community blessed with 31 community members from all over Ireland and different parts of the world, with a wide range of age groups represented, from the thirties to the nineties!

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Harp Recital at Glencairn Abbey

After a very enjoyable evening in 2013 with Harpist Marguerite Dunne in our Abbey Church,

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Sister Gertrude’s Golden Jubilee of Monastic Profession

In this joyful season of Eastertide, we had double reason to be glad as we celebrated the

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