Entries by Fiachra Nutty

Annual Community Retreat

The Community of Glencairn would be most grateful if you would remember them in prayer while they make their annual retreat from 6pm on Wednesday April 17th to 9 am on Friday April 26th. During this sacred time the Sisters will attend conferences and engage in extra prayer, study and spiritual reading. Should you wish […]

Easter Ceremonies At Glencairn 2024

All are welcome to join the Sisters for the celebration of the Easter liturgies which will take place at the following times: Holy Thursday – Mass of the Lord’s Supper – 6pm Good Friday – Celebration of  Passion of the Lord – 3.15pm Easter Vigil – Commencing at 4.30am (NB this is NEW i.e. Summer […]

Abbess’s Chapter Talk for St Patrick’s Day 2024

Today we celebrate the feast of St Patrick.  We rejoice in his response to God’s call, in his conversion and his success in being an instrument of God’s love and care for the Irish people of the 5th century.  He, with many others, began a faith tradition in Ireland which has endured through highs and […]

Cistercian Junior Seminar 2024

This year’s formation seminar for monks and nuns in initial formation will take place in Our Lady of Hyning Monastery, Lancashire, U.K. from 4th to 11th July, 2024. This year’s presenter will be Fr Michael Casey ocso from Tarrawarra Abbey, Australia, speaking on the theme: “Living the Experience of Vocation”. Fr Michael writes: “During these […]

Christmas Schedule 2023

The Abbess and community of Glencairn Abbey would like to wish all our neighbours and friends a very joyful, peaceful celebration of Christmas. We look forward to welcoming all those who wish to join us for our Christmas liturgies here at Glencairn Abbey church during the Christmas period. Please see schedule below for times of […]

Benedictine Chant Forum 2023

  As part of her training in the liturgy as a junior professed sister with responsibility for leading our choir at Glencairn, Sr Beatrice attended this year’s Chant Forum on the Isle of Wight, from 11th to 15th September. She reports here on her experience:  Hosted by the Benedictine monks of Quarr on the Isle […]

Cistercian Junior Formation Course, 16 – 23 July 2023

From July 15th-23rd, ten Junior monks and nuns from eight monasteries of our region gathered at Mt St Bernard Abbey, Leicestershire to receive input from Dom Elias Dietz, Abbot of Gethsemani Abbey, Kentucky on the topic of St. Aelred of Rievaulx, a 12th century English Cistercian monk and Abbot. These talks centred primarily around Aelred’s […]

Vocation Discernment at Glencairn Abbey

Are you currently discerning if Monastic life could be for you? We invite women aged 20 – 40 to our next Monastic Experience Weekend from 25th to 27th August here at Glencairn. Monastic Experience Weekends are a great way to be introduced to Cistercian life in the company of others who are also discerning.  Experience […]

Easter Ceremonies at Glencairn 2023

Holy Thursday: Mass of the Lord’s Supper – 6:00 p.m.   Good Friday: Celebration of the Lord’s Passion – 3:15 p.m.   Easter Sunday: Vigil Mass – 3:30 a.m.   All are welcome to join the community in the Abbey church at Glencairn for our Easter liturgies. Wishing you all a very blessed and joyful […]

Laura Cullen Receives the Habit

On 25th March 2023, on the feast of the Annunciation of the Lord, the community rejoiced as Laura Cullen received the white habit of the Cistercian novice at Glencairn Abbey. Originally from Co. Meath, Sr. Laura was based in Dublin when she began her vocation journey. She studied Arts, then Philosophy and Literature in UCD […]

OCSO Region of the Isles Formators Meeting

Monks and nuns responsible for guiding new members through the initial formation process in the monastic communities of the Region of the Isles of the Cistercian family gathered at Mellifont Abbey, Co. Louth, Ireland from 28th February until 4th March 2023 for the purposes of further training, collaboration and support. In attendance were Fr Rufus […]