Are you looking for something deeper in your life?  A way of life that is more God-centred?   A way of life in a community of prayer, love and faith? 

Then you might like to consider and pray about attending our next Monastic Experience Weekend taking place from 25 to 27 October, 2013. 

This is an event for women aged 20-40 who would like to experience our Cistercian way of life at Glencairn.

Monastic Experience Weekends have been held twice a year at St Mary’s Abbey, Glencairn since 2001. 

What happens on a Monastic Experience Weekend:

The weekend begins on Friday evening with welcomes and introductions, supper and Vespers.  Participants stay in the Abbey guesthouse and join the community for the Liturgy of the Hours in choir. 

Throughout the weekend our guests have the opportunity to experience something of the rhythm of liturgy, silence, meditation on scripture, monastic work and community life that together make up the essentials of a balanced monastic life.

Lectio Divina is introduced to participants, a rich monastic way of praying with scripture that involves listening to and responding to God’s Word.  A “heart to heart” with God through scripture.

There will be input on the Cistercian life, together with personal testimonies from some of our sisters on their own monastic journey and an opportunity to meet the community.  We also offer help in how to discern one’s own religious vocation and also an opportunity to talk one-to-one with one of the sisters about your own vocation discernment and spiritual search.

St Mary’s Abbey is a 200 acre property adjacent to the river Blackwater and during the weekend some time will be available to walk, pray and reflect.

The Monastic Experience Weekend ends on Sunday afternoon but participants are welcome to stay until Monday if they wish.
Contact Us:

If you would like to consider coming along, please contact our Vocation Director Sr Sarah here at the Abbey at: or at 087 1909 830 for more information.  Alternatively, if you would like to make a visit to the Abbey at another time for personal prayer and retreat to discern your vocation please contact Sr Sarah or the Guestmistress Mother Agnes at 058 56168.

You can also visit our vocations page here on our website for more information about the Cistercian vocation and you can also visit our facebook page for updates from St Mary’s Abbey:

The community here at Glencairn pray for all those who are discerning their vocation at this time for God’s guidance, courage and blessing to consider their call.
“Come, follow me.”

– Sr Sarah
St Mary’s Abbey,