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,...

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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...

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First Sunday of Advent 2020 Reflection: A Time of Trust and Hope

Sr Eleanor Campion shares a reflection on this first sunday of Adent based on the entrance antiphon for the Mass ‘Ad te levavi’. To you, I lift up my soul,...

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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....

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Conference 14 - 18 Sept 2020: The Rule of St Benedict & The Little Prince

Fr Luke McNamara OSB is a monk of Glenstal Abbey and a lecturer in sacred scripture at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth. As a follower of the Rule of St Benedict...

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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...

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Some Useful Tips from our Abbess to Cope during the Covid-19 Quarantine

On 27th March the Irish government introduced a lockdown throughout the country.  In response to the Covid-19 crisis and this strict period of quarantine at home, our Abbess Mother Marie...

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The Light of Belief in Christ: Reflection on the Gospel of the 4th Sunday of Lent

During these weeks of Lent the liturgy nourishes us on Gospel themes which help us focus on the great gift of faith in Jesus Christ, on the development of this...

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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...

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Mass Homily for Feast of St Patrick

This year St Patrick’s Day is overshadowed by great concern and uncertainty because of  Coronavirus, Covid-19. It is not a time to be mushy or sentimental about our Irishness or...

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Reflection for St Patrick's Day

  Today we celebrate the wonder of God’s grace in the life of  St Patrick – captured as a slave he turned to the Lord and was liberated in a...

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COVID-19

  In view of the current Covid-19 pandemic, Glencairn Abbey will regrettably be closed to guests and visitors until further notice. As a community we are earnestly praying for the...

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