Our work provides an important balance in our life of prayer.
Quiet, simple work fosters an atmosphere of prayer and an awareness of God.
Our work is a key element in our life that bonds us together as a community. We serve one another in our needs and grow in mutual responsibility and charity.
We are self-sustaining in the monastery, we live by the work of our hands and we contribute to the welfare of those in need
In addition to the practical running of the monastery, we have a farm, grow vegetables and fruit, engage in craft work, design and produce greeting cards, run a small guesthouse and manage our own eucharist bread business.
Our Abbey farm
Farming is a traditional Cistercian occupation and a valued form of outdoor work in our monastic life. On our 200 acre farm at St Mary?s Abbey, 40 acres of which is woodland, we specialise in dry stock and tillage farming; wheat, barley, potato and fodder beat are amongst the crops usually grown.
This year we planted 27 acres of the energy crop, Miscanthus. 5 acres of our land adjacent to the River Blackwater is allocated as a wildlife habitat.
The production of altar breads is another means by which we support our life of prayer. Both brown and white hosts in a full range of sizes are produced by the sisters in our Eucharist Bread Department using our own spring water source on site.
We distribute our Eucharist Bread products to parishes, monasteries, convents and other institutions throughout Ireland and the United Kingdom.
A range of greeting cards for all occasions in both Irish and English are designed and produced in our Card Department here in Glencairn. Our range of cards also includes personalised cards and a selection of individually handcrafted cards with pressed flowers grown in our monastery gardens.
Mortuary cards are also produced in a range of sizes designed to meet customer specifications.
For further information about our monastic products please see our Contact Us page for details.
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The Abbess and community would like to wish you all a Blessed and joyful Easter.