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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: Sacred reading, Prayer and Work

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

Singing and Organ Workshop

The second in a series of singing and organ-playing workshops with musician, liturgist and composer Margaret Daly Denton took place over three days this week which has been a joy...

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Community Retreat 2017

Following this year’s General Chapter, Mother Maureen McCabe OCSO, Cistercian Abbess of Wrentham in Massachusetts, travelled back to Ireland with our Abbess, Mother Marie to give this year’s community retreat...

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Launch of our New Website

Welcome to our new website, designed by Granite Digital.  We hope you will discover here more information and insights about Cistercian life in a clear and attractive layout that is...

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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