Entries by Fiachra Nutty

Chapter Talk: First Sunday of Lent 2022

Yesterday evening after first Vespers of the First Sunday of Lent, the community gathered for the Abbess’ Sunday Chapter talk. The practice of Lenten reading in the Rule of St. Benedict continues to be followed in many monasteries today, including here at Glencairn. The distribution of each sister’s chosen book took place after the Abbess’ […]

First Corinthians: Words of Wisdom for our Cistercian Communities Today

What guidance do St. Paul’s letters offer to today’s monks and nuns in our cloistered way of life? A recent online scripture course held for monks and nuns in our region of monasteries addresses this topic, taught by Sr Anne Elizabeth Sweet OCSO, a Cistercian nun of Tautra Mariakloster in Norway. Sr Anne Elizabeth holds […]

Report on our OCSO General Chapter Part 1

This year’s General Chapter of our Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance opened in Assisi, Italy, on Monday 7th February 2022. This was the first General Chapter to take place in the last five years, having been postponed for two years due to the pandemic.  The unprecedented proposal to gather for two sessions this […]

Christmas Chapter Talk 2021

  “He is born in us continually as our minds, our actions, our reactions, our relationships, our experience and our prayer are Christified.”  (‘The Coming of God’ by Sr Maria Boulding)   This is a wonderful reality to reflect on and a great grace to live from today – Christ is born in us continually, […]

School Retreat at Glencairn

We had a lovely day with twelve sixth year students of Crescent College, Limerick and their chaplain on their retreat day at Glencairn on Friday, 17 September, 2021. Our new conference room in our newly built guesthouse provided well for the students to relax and enjoy their day. In addition to their retreat talks with […]

Harvest Thanksgiving

Our community’s annual harvest thanksgiving mass is a welcome moment to reflect on all we have received, both fruits of the harvest of our labour and all our service to each other for which we are grateful to God. At this mass, we place representative samples of all nature’s produce before the altar and give […]

Stained Glass Window Commission

On 27th August our lovely new stained glass window, designed and created by Bianca Divito, (www.biancadivito.com) was installed in our new guesthouse oratory here at Glencairn Abbey. Having completed our new guesthouse in January 2020, we could only dream of being able to complete the oratory with a stained glass window, so when we  received […]

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 chose to take the religious name of Beatrice, after Blessed Beatrice, the Cistercian nun of Nazareth (1200-1268). The ceremony took place following Lauds in the […]

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 […]