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glastonburyshieldGlastonbury Abbey Institute – April Programs


The faith education and spiritual enrichment programs sponsored by the Glastonbury Abbey Institute provide educational opportunities for people of all faiths, and at different places in their lives, to learn more about themselves, connect with others and interact with the world around them. 


The Glastonbury Abbey Institute presents an extensive array of educational and  cultural offerings each year.  The 2016-2017 programs are available online. Here’s what’s coming up in April:





Our LENTEN SUPPER SERIES concludes Tuesday, April 4th, at 6:30 p.m.: “Our New Jerusalem: A Modern Faith Journey,” with Fr. Timothy. Come join us for a simple supper of soup and bread followed by this spiritual reflection. No reservation needed.







Holy Thursday, April 13: 6:30 am – Vigils; 7:45 am – Lauds; 12:15 – Midday Prayer; 5:15-6:15 pm – Talk by Fr. Nicholas (lower level Morcone Center); 7 pm – Mass of the Lord’s Supper with Washing of Feet; Light supper served at Abbey Center after Mass—all are welcome; Altar of Repose in the front parlor until midnight. 


Good Friday, April 14: Celebration of the Lord’s Passion: 6:30 am – Vigils; 7:45 am – Lauds; 9:30-11:00 am – Talk by Fr. Nicholas (lower level Morcone Center); 12 noon – Midday Prayer; 1:30 pm – Outdoor Stations of the Cross; 3:00 pm – Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion & Death; 8:00 pm – Compline


Holy Saturday, April 15: 6:30 am – Vigils; 7:45 am – Lauds; 9:30-11:00 am – Talk by Fr. Nicholas (lower level Morcone Center); 12 noon – Midday Prayer; 5:00 pm – Vespers; 8:00 pm – Solemn Easter Vigil, starting in the church, includes procession to cemetery.


Easter Sunday, April 16: 9:00 am – Lauds; 11:00 am – Easter Morning Mass; 5:15 pm – Solemn Easter Vespers; No Public Compline





2016 Saturday Easter Vigil -18THE SACRED TRIDUUM RETREAT:

April 13-16. Join the monastic community in celebrating the Holy Week Liturgies.  A daily presentation on the Liturgy of each day will be offered to assist you in your prayer and reflection. Guests will join the monks for the Liturgy of the Hours of the Sacred Triduum.  Opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation will also be offered. (Suggested Offering:  $230 includes 3 nights’ accommodation and meals). Reservation required.*






Screen Shot 2016-04-29 at 2.25.29 PMEASTER TRIDUUM REFLECTIONS:

April 13th, Holy Thursday, 5:15-6:15 p.m.; April 14th, Good Friday, 9:30-11:00 a.m.; April 15th, Holy Saturday, 9:30-11:00 a.m.  Reflections on the liturgy, history and spirituality of each day with Fr. Nicholas.  All at the Morcone Center (lower level). No need to register.








April 27th, 7:15 p.m. Louise Packard: “Building Bridges in Boston.” Come to the last lecture in the series! Louise Packard will tell us how the Trinity Boston Foundation, which she founded, provides at-risk Boston youth with opportunities to grow and develop leadership skills. “When we know each other’s stories, when there is trust and love, profound change is possible.”


Lectures are free and all are welcome. Donations gratefully received. No registration required; however, seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. Parking is limited.







br john maganziniFOOD FOR THOUGHT:

Sunday, April 30th at 11:00 a.m. “Spirituality in the Workplace and in our Everyday Lives,” with Br. John Maganzini, OFM. This presentation will give an overview of spirituality and discuss some of the principles, components and values of the spiritual journey in the workplace and in the way in which we live our lives each day.  The presentation will include prayer and time for sharing.  Light brunch will be served. No registration required.


* Contact Joan to register at 781-749-2155, x.300 or





Fr Andrew and Joan GniadkSUNDAY SUPPER

Sunday, April 30th, 4:30 p.m., Morcone Center. Monthly supper for those living alone or in difficult circumstances. No registration necessary.







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 Glastonbury Abbey’s 18th Annual Golf Classic and Auction**

Monday, June 5th at Hatherly Country Club
We are currently soliciting sponsorships and donations to our auction.
Come golf with us!  Always a sold out event, so please register early.

Click here for golf brochure/registration form

If you would like to donate to our auction, please complete this form.



Saturday, June 3rd & Sunday, June 4th
Morcone Center
Get a sneak preview or purchase auction items before the main event!









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    Stonecrest Retreat House                                                 Whiting House




Mar. 3-5, 2017: A Silent Lenten Retreat

Mar. 17-19: The Monastic Way of Prayer

April 13-16: The Sacred Triduum

April 28-30: More Than Half the Sky: a Retreat for Women

May 5-7: Daily Life as a Spiritual Practice (Part I)

* For further information or to register, please contact Joan at 781-749-2155 ext. 300 or





 I have come that you may have life and have it more abundantly. John 10:10.  


Glastonbury Abbey now offers directed retreats from an experienced female director, Lyn Ferrara. Spiritual Direction offers a retreatant an opportunity to meet with an experienced spiritual director and respond to God's ongoing relationship in one's daily and spiritual life.  After each session of approximately 40 minutes, suggestions will be offered for scripture reading, prayer or silent reflection.


Lyn will be available for directed retreats of up to 4 days, Monday – Friday, and by arrangement for longer periods of time. Lyn has a Master’s degree in Clinical Pastoral Counseling and is a graduate of the Jesuit Center for Spiritual Direction in Cambridge, MA.  She has many years of experience as a hospital chaplain, and in Cursillo leadership, retreat work and spiritual direction. The suggested offering is $90 per night. Reservation required.*


* For further information or to register, please contact Joan at 781-749-2155 ext. 300 or







The pilgrimage dates are September 25 - October 5, 2017.  Full details on or ask Fr. Timothy for a flyer.   





MEDITATION is continuing on Mondays at 6:45 p.m. through the winter at the Morcone Center. Contact Gail Salvetti on 781-837-1411 with any questions. Please note: there will be no class on Jan. 2nd.







Mass Guild Spiritual Enrollments




Enrollees' names are in the Abbey Church, in a lovely chest under the Eucharistic Shrine. They are included in the Daily Mass, Liturgy of the Hours, & all the Monks' prayers.

A beautiful way to share your love and faith!

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Glastonbury Abbey Mass Guild

16 Hull Street, Hingham, MA 02043

781-749-2155 ext. 342



Glastonbury Abbey Vocations

If you are considering a monastic vocation it is necessary to begin listening. This is done by praying-being in the presence of God and asking God what His will is for you. Be willing to place all your anxiety, fears and questions in God's hands and...listen.

Another means of assisting you in your discernment is to write the vocation director, Br. Daniel, at vocations@glastonburyabbey.orgwho is able to help you on this journey. Seek out a priest or religious brother who has been on a similar journey. Come to the Abbey for a Come and See weekend, which will give you an opportunity to experience monastic live as it is lived here at Glastonbury Abbey. It is a time to speak with the vocation director who will help you in the discernment process. Inquire at the above email for future offerings.

Many men are frightened as they begin this journey because it is a mystery and because we always want to be in control. A discernment journey is an exciting one because you have allowed God into your life at a deeper level. You have surrendered yourself to a God who loves you and is calling you to follow. Don't be afraid, only trust and God will do the rest if you …listen.

For a glimpse of what monastic life is like and why someone might become a monk please watch this video clip featuring Br. Daniel Walters, OSB.  If you’d like to also watch a more in depth overview of Glastonbury Abbey click here.


2014 was Glastonbury Abbey's 60th Anniversary!

Click on the image below to watch our 60th anniversary video, filmed by Cathy Corcoran:




Finding Peace at Glastonbury Abbey - Chronicle

Glastonbury Abbey was featured on the TV show, Chronicle, on July 15, 2014. Click on the image below to view the video clip on WCVB's website.




Glastonbury Abbey in the News!


Al Kearney, Hingham Journal, Sept. 18, 2014


Because of Fr. Tom's election as Abbot last year and Glastonbury Abbey's 60th Anniversary celebration this year, we have been featured in a number of articles in the local press. Please see the list below and click on the links to view the articles in the Hingham Journal, Boston Globe and Patriot Ledger. 


Hingham  Journal, September 18, 2014,"Glastonbury Abbey Celebrates Anniversary"


Boston Globe, Globe South, August 31, 2014, "Abbey Celebrates 60th".


Hingham Journal, May 18, 2014, "Abbot O'Connor - A "Life of Prayer" in Hingham"


Hingham Journal, May 18, 2014, "Glastonbury Abbey in Hingham is 60 Years Old and Going Strong"


Patriot Ledger, August 12, 2013 "Blessed Event: Cardinal O'Malley welcomes new abbot in Hingham"


Boston Globe, Globe South, July 28, 2013, "New Leader Named at Glastonbury Abbey"




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