Entries by Sarah Branigan

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 who is currently serving as Prior at St. Saviour’s Priory in Dublin. Fr. John introduced his talks as coming ‘from the heart’. Our faith is […]

Ascension Day Reflection

  From the Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 1: ‘Run to the Mountain’ 1939-1941   AND TODAY IS ASCENSION DAY, and in a week the Paraclete comes down like fires to be among us, bringing the gift of tongues. Now all Christ’s lessons have been taught in His sermons and His miracles, His crucifixion and […]

How Can We Say That God Is Good?

How can evil and God co-exist in our world? What meaning does suffering have in our lives? As we commemorate Jesus’ death on a cross on Good Friday each year, we are called to enter more deeply into the mysteries of our faith. Theologian Gerard W. Hughes reflects on these questions.   How can we […]

A Christmas Hymn and Blessing from Glencairn

Watch our video of ‘A Noble Flower of Judah’ sung by the community at St Mary’s Abbey, Glencairn. Dear family and friends, we cannot come together this year for our Christmas liturgies and visits, however we send you our love, prayer and best wishes for a very happy and blessed Christmas from Glencairn.

Reflection for 2nd Sunday of Advent 2020

O people of Sion, behold, the Lord will come to save the nations, and the Lord will make the glory of his voice heard in the joy of your heart. (Second Sunday of Advent, entrance antiphon) These words of the prophet Isaiah reassure, encourage, and prod us. They reassure us that the Lord will come. […]

Special Birthdays in our Community

What a year for big birthdays in the community! On 30th June, Mother Marie, who has served the community as Abbess for the past 19 years, turned 70 years old. Congratulations Mother Marie!   Mother Marie celebrated her birthday together with Fr Bob and Fr Michael, with us during the covid-19 lockdown, whose birthdays fell […]

A Novice’s Diary: Doing Isolation with God

‘Philippa had discovered the tower in her second week at Brede… the high platform, where I can get away, she would have said. After only two weeks she had wanted to get away. Yes, it’s somewhere I can breathe, Philippa had thought of the tower… breathe before going on.’ – ‘In This House of Brede’ […]

A Thought on St Joseph

Pope John Paul II, who was very devoted to St Joseph, left us a beautiful document dedicated to St Joseph in the Apostolic Exhortation Redemptoris Custos, “The Guardian of the Redeemer”. Among the many aspects on which this Document sheds light, the silence of St Joseph is given a special emphasis. His silence is steeped […]