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“Celebrating over 60 years of peace and prayer
….a welcoming presence for all”















Meditation is outdoors until Monday, August 28, 6:45-7:30 p.m.; Compline optional at 7:45 p.m. Meditate Under the Stars and Moon - A spiritual escape from hectic lifestyles. A time to offer peace, love, and compassion during chaotic times. We will meditate on the grounds of the Abbey. Please bring blankets, lawn chairs, meditation pillows/chairs or whatever you find comfortable to sit on during meditation. Inclement weather meditation will be held in the Abbey church. Questions? Contact Annabelle:







dancersSaturday, August 19, 6-10 pm, Barker Tavern – PLEASE RSVP* ASAP:

Fundraiser to benefit the monks of Glastonbury Abbey. Buffet, Silent Auction and Dancing. Tickets: $100. Take a trip down memory lane with Tony Funches, former lead singer of the Platters, as he sings songs from the Platters, the Drifters, Nat King Cole and the Temptations. He will be joined by Ralphie B. with New England’s No. 1 oldies show. Dance the night away to the greatestmusic of the 50’s, 60’s & 70’s and enjoy an unforgettable evening of fun and excitement! Black & White smart casual attire is acceptable. Invitations are available outside the church. RSVP* to Gillian, 781-749-2155 ext. 331 or email:





ASO concert at Abbey1


Sunday, August 27th at 4:30 p.m. Atlantic Symphony Orchestra's annual Sunset at the Abbey concert is a "mixed" afternoon of music; a fusion of classical, jazz, and/or rock. Sunset at the Abbey is a celebration of summer, as well as music. Dress comfortably and bring a picnic and chair or blanket. Plan to arrive early to find a good spot on the lawn. Please contact ASO for tickets: 781-331-3600. Tickets are $25 ($10 for guests under age 22) and can also be purchased online at








Sorry we are closed

Glastonbury Abbey Monks are on Retreat!

The Abbey will be closed from Sunday, August 27th at 8:00 PM and reopen for Vespers on Friday, September 1st. During this time the Abbey Church, gift/bookstore and grounds will be closed to the public.









Fr Andrew and Joan Gniadk


PLEASE NOTE: There will be NO Sunday Supper in August due to the monks’ retreat. See you in September!












Stonecrest Retreat House              Whiting House Cropped
    Stonecrest Retreat House                                                 Whiting House





 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.   








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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Perpetual Enrollment Padded Folders

Five Year Enrollment Booklets

Annual Enrollment Cards All Occasions


Custom Printed Enrollments Online

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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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