Entries by Sarah Branigan

Our New Book: ‘A Year in the Life: Glencairn Abbey’

Over the past year at Glencairn Abbey we have been working with acclaimed professional photographer Valerie O’Sullivan on preparations for our new book which will be published by Columba Press in October 2017.  The book charts the days and seasons of the past year of monastic life in our community.  ‘Candid’ humorous moments combine with […]

Summer Monastic Visitors

After a period of three years of building construction at Glencairn Abbey, it is wonderful to enjoy the peace and quiet of our monastic environment and share this peace once again with others.  With our newly opened community residential block we have been able to offer hospitality to monastic visitors from the Benedictine family from […]

Chapter Talk by Mother Marie on the Feast of St. Bernard

ST BERNARD KNEW HIMSELF TO BE CALLED TO SEEK GOD’S FACE, to be conformed to Christ and to work tirelessly for the Kingdom of God and he saw all of that happening within the Cistercian community.  From his prayer, three personal qualities developed in St Bernard: self-knowledge, merciful compassion, contemplation.  Self-knowledge: although he didn’t seem […]

Glencairn Novitiate Hike at Mt Melleray

It’s a monastic tradition at Glencairn for the Novitiate to ‘take a hike’ from Mt Melleray Abbey which lies at the foot of the Knockmealdown mountains.  This year’s trip included juniors, Sisters Angela and Liz, Kate our Postulant, together with two women staying with us on a monastic experience, discerning their Cistercian vocation.  Sr Sarah […]