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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: Prayer, Work and Lectio Divina

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

Abbess Marie Fahy's Chapter Talk on Sr Beatrice's First Profession

Sr Beatrice’s First Profession 11th July 2021 – Feast of St Benedict Mother Marie Fahy O.C.S.O.   My dear Emma:  From today on you will be called by a new...

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First Monastic Profession of Sister Beatrice Brady

On the feast of St. Benedict, 11th July, 2021, following her two year novitiate, we celebrated the joyful occasion of Sister Emma Brady’s First Profession of Monastic Vows. Sister Emma...

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Community Retreat 2021

Our annual community retreat this year took place from 16th to 23rd May here at Glencairn. Our retreat preacher this year was Fr. John Walsh OP, an Irish Dominican friar...

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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

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