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
You gave up Your life
so that I would have life.
Thank You.
I love You.
I now ask You, through the intercession
of our Blessed Mother Mary
and our treasured saints,
to give me the grace to give my life
back to You wholeheartedly.
Help me be what You've called me to be.
Give me the courage and strength
to fulfil this promise to You.
May the Holy Spirit fill my heart
and enlighten my mind,
and may Your love shine through all that I do
so that others may want to promise the same.

The rose is a symbol of a promise.
Cuidigh liom glacadh le solas do ghrá i mo chroí


The Rise of the Roses

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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​From a Spirituality of Perfection to Humble Acceptance: Our Cistercian Founders

As we reflect today on our 11th century roots on this our ‘Founders Feast’, Sr

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Advent Vocation Retreat 5th December 2015

St Benedict's first word in his Rule for Monasteries is 'Listen'.  A monastery is a place

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