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.
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 36 sisters from all over Ireland and different parts of the world, with a wide range of age groups represented, from the thirties to the nineties!
St Benedict, whose rule we follow as Cistercians, encourages his communities to “live by
The Sisters have been delighted to see the commencement of preliminary works on our