Entries by Sarah Branigan

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 […]

World Day for Consecrated Life 2023

With great joy, we attended the Mass for Consecrated Life in the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Waterford on the feast of the Presentation of the Lord, February 2nd. It was a privilege to meet with the Religious of the Diocese and catch a glimpse into the prayer and activity of various communities present […]

1st January: Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

On this first day of the year the Church celebrates the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God. In this extract from the writings of Hans Urs Von Balthasar we contemplate Mary’s and our transformation through faith in the Word of God:  At the point where all roads meet which lead from the Old Testament […]

Region of the Isles Junior Seminar 2022

This year’s in-person gathering of juniors in the Region of the Isles had originally been scheduled to take place at Mellifont Abbey in 2020 only to be postponed due to the pandemic to the ‘safe’ end of this year, autumn 2022. Yet unfortunately some in Mellifont Abbey got the Covid virus just days before we […]

Watch our New Video About Cistercian Life at Glencairn Abbey

A short video about the different elements of the Cistercian charism as lived at Glencairn Abbey, following Christ through the Gospel as interpreted by the Rule of St Benedict and the Constitutions of the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance.   Audio: Psalm 44 (45) sung by the community of St. Mary’s Abbey, Glencairn, […]

A Visit to Glencairn from Monastic Author Esther De Waal

Living near the ruins of the 12th century Dore Abbey, a Cistercian monastery in Herefordshire founded in 1147, it was here, as she sat in the silence of the ruined cloisters that the historian and spiritual writer Esther De Waal first experienced the spirit of the Cistercian Order. It was from the inspiration of this […]

Feast of the Dedication of Glencairn Abbey Church 2022

  When celebrating the dedication of a church, as we do today, the liturgy teaches us that the church building is an expression of a worshipping community, and that this worship must be in spirit and truth. In other words, the focus shifts from the external structure of the church to the shared inner life […]

A Gift Pleasing God

“I will praise God’s name with a song”. Psalm 68 (69) From Monday to Friday of this week, 1st to 5th August, ’22, we were treated to a singing and music workshop with musician, composer, and liturgist Margaret Daly Denton. Since much of our Divine Office was originally composed by Margaret, it is a special […]