Irish Contemplative Gathering in May Gets Underway with Core Group Meeting at Glencairn

A core group meeting of the Irish Female Contemplatives Association was held at Glencairn on the 15th March to prepare for the annual Gathering of Irish Contemplative Nuns to be...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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A Year in the Life of Glencairn Abbey: Looking back at 2021

Glencairn Abbey Church Greetings and blessings of peace and joy to you at Christmas. As we arrive at the end of this year of 2021 we look back and share...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Abbess Marie Fahy's Chapter Talk on Sr Beatrice's First Profession

Sr Beatrice’s First Profession 11th July 2021 – Feast of St Benedict Mother Marie Fahy O.C.S.O.   My dear Emma:  From today on you will be called by a new...

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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...

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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...

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