Ireland’s New Traditional Benedictine Monastery

The monks’ new monastic house: the former Visitation Monastery in Stamullen, Co. Meath

In a comment today on a previous post announcing that the Benedictine Monastery of Our Lady of the Cenacle in Tulsa are moving to Ireland, a member of the community, Fra Benedetto, kindly directed me to their first newsletter, which explains why they are moving:

Rorate Caeli notes that the founder, prior, and currently the sole priest of the Monastery, Dom Mark Kirby OSB, celebrates exclusively the Traditional Latin Mass and his page on vocations also describes the monastery’s liturgical life as:

• Holy Mass (Usus Antiquior) and the Divine Office celebrated in Latin and Gregorian Chant.
• bringing to the forms of the liturgy a diligence and beauty worthy of the holy mysteries.

This is a very exciting development. Please support the monks with your prayers and by other means if you can.

Posted on January 23, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. G’day Shane,

    A happy Christmastide and New year to you, mate.

    This is truly a hopeful sign for Ireland. Of course, I pray that Dom Mark Daniel Kirby can actually build a community; monasticism is so important to a revival of the Faith, yet it is such a rarified calling, particularly today – and starting from scratch like this embryonic community will have to do.

    But good things come out of Tulsa. I have a number of mates who are ‘friends of the Clear Creek Abbey’ near Tulsa – and attended the dedication of new monastery buildings there in April 2008. They started with 4 monks – two Americans – from the Mother Abbey of Fontgombault in France – at the behest of Bishop Slattery of Tulsa. By 2008 they had 35 monks and brothers and, in 2010 the community was elevated to abbatial status.

    One would hope that the same blessings would attach to Our Lady of the Cenacle community in Meath – even though they are coming off a much lower base than Clear Creek which had 4 monks coming from an established Abbey (which might make a difference, I don’t know).

    Thanks for posting this Shane. Yesterday I had reported this news from another blog to an Irish mate who lives in Ardagh, Co. Longford, but he could find no further information on the Meath Dioceses website – so thanks for yours once again, which I have onforwarded to Gerard in Ardagh!

    God bless your blog efforts my friend,

    Tony Pead
    Canberra, Australia

  2. May God bless this new venture. It is good to see the expression of gratitude in the newsletter for God’s having brought the faith to so many Americans through Irish emigrants and missionaries and to see that gratitude expressed by coming back to help bring new life to the Irish church.

  3. Ad mejorem Dei gloriam

  4. St. Patrick brought monks with him it seems and religious have had a major role in the Irish Church since so perhaps this is the first blossom of a new spring?

    • I certainly hope so!

      • Deo gratias! Stamullen is not all that far from where I live and I would really look forward to travelling there to attend services, although sadly not on a regular basis due to other commitments. I will certainly support them however. I really hope that their influence will spread as a beacon of hope to many young men of orthodox leaning who are basically not wanted by the current regime (hopefully now moving into its last stages before it wreaks too much more damage)

      • And young women too, of course! The development of vocations in traditional orders which one sees in the US, Europe and the UK is one of the things that lifts the spirit. Sadly Ireland has been way behind in this regard, probably because we chucked our genuine tradition overboard in a gadarene rush to keep up with the times, and as a result have paradoxically become even more provincial, in the sense of mediocre.

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