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Region of the Isles Chant CD

The beautiful island of Tautra in Norway where a Cistercian monastery was first founded in the 12th century has been the home of a new Cistercian foundation of nuns since 1999, serving most recently as an atmospheric and acoustically effective recording venue for a chant cd to be produced this year by our region of […]

Television interview with Sr Mairead McDonagh ocso

Originally from Spiddal, Co. Galway, Sr Mairead of Glencairn talks to Mairtin Tom Sheainin on TG4’s Comhra about her life before the monastery and why she chose to become a Cistercian nun. Televised on 6 January 2011, the interview is conducted in Irish with English subtitles. To view the interview (in two parts), click on […]

Next Monastic Experience Weekend: 25-27 February 2011

For those who wish to explore their interest in Monastic Life…this weekend is for women aged 20-40 who want to learn more about the Cistercian vocation, to join us in prayer and work, and to meet members of the community and listen to the sisters’ own stories of their spiritual journey. Feel welcome to contact […]

Of Gods and Men

Xavier Beauvois’ award-winning french film is based on life in the Cistercian monastery of Tibhirine in the mountains of Algeria in the run-up to the kidnapping and murder of seven monks in 1996. It’s not often that I remain in my seat until the very end of the credits when watching a film in the […]

Christmas Day Reflection

“The Word of God, born of the Father before time began, Humbled himself for us today and became flesh” Antiphon – 1st Vespers, Christmas Day In one of his Christmas sermons Pope Benedict says: “God’s sign, the sign given to the shepherds and to us, is not an astonishing miracle. God’s sign is his humility. […]

Christmas Ceremonies

Schedule of Christmas Ceremonies, St. Mary’s Abbey, Glencairn, 2010 Midnight Mass: Sunday, 25th December, 12:00am Christmas Day Mass: Sunday 25th December, 11:00am Christmas Octave: Friday, 24th December 2010 – Saturday, 1st January 2011 Christmas Octave Lauds: 7:45am Christmas Octave Vespers: 6:00pm

Snowbound Advent

The coming of snow at the beginning of a new liturgical year on this first Sunday of Advent draws the seasons of nature and of the Church into a magnificent harmony.

Death of Sister Kevin O’Farrell OCSO

Our dear Sister Kevin died very peacefully last night at 11pm, 28 November, 2010. Sister Kevin had been professed as a Cistercian Nun for 69 years, having entered the community in 1939 at the age of 18, just 7 years after Glencairn’s foundation in 1932.

Studying Sacred Scripture

On November 16th, 2010 Fr John Farrell OP, Provincial of the English Dominican Friars arrived in Glencairn to give us a week-long course in Sacred Scripture.

The Gift of a Tree

A blessing of our newly acquired and recently planted Cedar tree, took place on the lovely sunny morning of Sunday 3rd of October, 2010.