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glastonburyshieldGlastonbury Abbey Institute 2017-2018 Program

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.  Details of the 2017-2018 programs are available online. All programs take place in the Morcone Center, 20 Hull Street, Hingham, MA, unless noted otherwise.  Here’s what’s happening in February:





The Artists Way


facilitated by Kay Trask, February 6 – May 1, Tuesdays from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Learn how to discover or recover your own creative self by following a spiritual path to higher creativity that consists of readings and exercises from the book, writing daily and participating in weekly “artists dates.” Please purchase the book “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron from the Abbey Bookstore.  Please contact Kay for more info:





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February 13, 7:00 PM. All are welcome to join Marshall J. Jeannero, Professor Emeritus, Economics, Bentley University, for a lively and stimulating Commonweal conversation. This week we will discuss Anthony Annett, “Who or What is to Blame for Trump?” November 2016: ( Share your thoughts, hear from others, learn, enrich and help improve our world. No registration required.







February 11, 2018 – 11:00AM, Morcone Center, 20 Hull Street, Hingham

 Values in Action

We all want to create a better world and that requires action and connection. Discerning shared values is crucial to forming powerful partnerships and moving forward with courageous intention. Explore how you and your community can set a collaborative course at Values in Action, a Trinity Institute conference designed to help you get grounded and connected so you can get going.


Rev. Michael CurryOpening Worship Preacher: The Most Rev. Michael Curry

He is the presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church since 2015, the first African-American to do so.



Jose Antonio Vargas

Conference Keynote Address

Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and filmmaker whose work centers on the changing American identity. He is the founder of Define American, a non-profit media and culture organization that seeks to elevate the conversation around immigration and citizenship in America.



Screen Shot 2018-02-02 at 4.02.43 PMLearn how to use the power of community to form strategic alliances. Because once we’ve found connections at the deepest level of our values, we can make progress beyond belief.







 Mariama-White-Hammond-smLISTENING TO OTHER VOICES:

Thursday, February 15 at 7:15 p.m. Rev. Mariama White-Hammond   “The Great Cloud of Witness - What Our Ancestors Teach Us.”  Addressing the 2017 Boston Women ’ s March, Rev. Mariama White-Hammond opened the historic proceedings by telling the crowd of 175,000  that she owed a great debt to her mother, (Rev. Gloria White-Hammond),  her grandmother, and all the forebears she didn’t even know. In that same spirit she will reflect on Hebrews 12:1: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” She will talk about the Civil Rights Movement, the importance of ancestors in the Black spiritual tradition, and how connecting with history can be a source of strength for building a better future.


Rev. Mariama is an ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and serves as Interim Youth Pastor and Minister for Ecological Justice at Bethel AME Church in Jamaica Plain. She majored in International Relations at Stanford University, studied abroad in Chile, and holds a Masters in Divinity from the Boston University School of Theology. No registration required. All are welcome!


*For further information or to register, please call 781-749-2155 ext. 300 or email







Deepen your appreciation of Jesus’ journeys by attending Glastonbury Abbey’s Lenten Suppers this year. The Lenten Supper series commences Tuesday, February 20 at 6:30 p.m.  A weekly simple supper of soup and bread, followed by a spiritual reflection.  All suppers and discussions are held on Tuesday evenings at the Morcone Conference Center and begin at 6:30 p.m. No reservations required. Donations gratefully accepted.

The Lenten season’s weekly supper talks will focus on the gospels from Year A of the Lectionary which are proposed for every year as part of the program to educate new candidates for baptism, and renew all of us in our baptismal commitment. The biblical themes are based in God’s presence in nature.


February 20: Timothy Joyce, OSB
Matthew 4:1 - 11 — Jesus is Tested in the Wilderness: A call to go into the desert.


February 27: Nicholas Morcone, OSB
Matthew 17:1 - 9 — The Transfiguration: Come let us ascend the mountain of the Lord.


March 6: Lyn Ferrara
John 4:5 - 42 — The Samaritan Woman: An offer of water that gives new life.


March 13: Monastic Community
John 9:1 - 41 — Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind: An invitation to come out of the darkness into the light .


March 20: Ellie Devine
John 11:1 - 45 — The Death of Lazarus: Take the stone away; come out and live.







February 23-25. Lenten (silent) retreat at Glastonbury Abbey - this will be a self-guided, silent retreat with a presentation from Fr. Nicholas based on Chapter 49 of the Rule of St. Benedict and observance of Lent with the joy of the Holy Spirit.

Suggested donation $190 includes 2 nights' accommodation and meals. Please register by calling 781-749-2155 ext. 300 or email






 glastonbury-england-catholic-pilgrimage1PIGRIMAGE TO SOUTHERN ENGLAND & WALES:

February is the deadline for signing up for the Glastonbury Pilgrimage to Southern England and Wales.  Visit Bath, Glastonbury, Stonehenge, Salisbury, Downside Abbey, hear the choir sing Evensong at Wells Cathedral; tour London.  In Wales visit Tintern Abbey, Cardiff, Caldey Island, Swansea and Saint David's Ramsey Island. You can pick up a full descriptive flyer after Mass in the racks at either end of church or go to:








Mondays, 6:45-7:30 p.m.; Compline optional at 7:45 p.m. Meditation is an opportunity to offer peace, love, and compassion during hectic times. Morcone Conference Center, lower level.







Fr Andrew and Joan Gniadk


Sunday, February 25 at 4:30 p.m.  Monthly supper for those living alone or in difficult circumstances. No registration required.








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 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





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

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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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