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glastonburyshieldGlastonbury Abbey Institute – March 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 March:




Screen Shot 2016-10-11 at 2.10.45 PMSILENT LENTEN RETREAT:

March 3-5, with Fr. Nicolas Morcone. In the context of a silent weekend, join others in preparing for the celebration of the Lord’s resurrection by spending time in prayer and reflection.  There will be opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  Listen “with the ear of your heart” to the Lord’s voice calling you to resurrected life. Suggested donation $190, includes 2 nights’ accommodation and meals. Reservation required.*






Starts Tuesday, March 7th at 6:30 p.m. in the Morcone Center with “Matthew’s Good News: The Reign of God!” with Fr. Nicholas. (Check out the full schedule of Lenten Suppers at






Still Alice - Movie PosterFAITH AND FILM:

March 9 at 6:30 p.m., Faith & Film, “Still Alice,” at the Morcone Center. Alice is a renowned linguistics professor who receives a diagnosis of Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease, Alice and her family find their bonds thoroughly tested. Her struggle to stay connected to who she once was is frightening, heartbreaking, and inspiring. No registration required. Donations gratefully accepted. Movie begins at 6:30 p.m. Discussion will follow. Tea, coffee and snacks will be served. We invite you to come early with friends and bring a sandwich.






March 12, 2:00-4:30 p.m. “In Honor of St. Patrick: A Celtic Celebration of Prayer, Poetry and Music,” with Fr. Timothy and Mairead Doherty. They will offer a reflection on the real Patrick and take you on a mystical, musical journey through the centuries with a Celtic flavor. Relax with the gentle music of the Irish Harp woven through the poetry of the Gaels, stirring connections to your roots and ancestors in a universal, timeless way. Please register with Joan.* Suggested Donation: $25.00.







Thursday, March 16th, at 7:15 p.m.  “Our Broken Immigration System: Women and Children in Detention” with Sr. Kathleen Erickson, RSM.  Sr. Kathleen prays with the marginalized.  She spent 18 years living with immigrant women and children detained on the U.S./Mexican border. In addition to providing spiritual support, she helped people navigate the US bureaucracy as they sought asylum. Sr. Kathleen will share her unflinching perspective on what causes people to flee their native countries as well as what kind of welcome the immigrants are receiving.


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.






Screen Shot 2017-02-28 at 5.10.48 PMWEEKEND RETREAT:

March 17-19, “The Monastic Way of Prayer,” facilitated by the monastic community.  How do monks pray?  This weekend will introduce guests to the monastic practice of “Lectio Divina” (the prayerful reading of scripture) and suggest ways for following this practice in daily living.  Some special attention will be paid to the Psalms as “food” for this prayerful practice.  Suggested donation $190, includes two nights’ accommodation and meals.  Reservation required.*






 March 18, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., “Creative Expression as a Way of Awakening Our Spirits,” facilitated by Kay Trask, M.Ed. God’s creation is ongoing, and throughout our life we are invited to become co-creators with God through our own creative expressions. Come for a day of reflection on how expressing ourselves creatively can become a way to awaken our spirit. Through meditation, journaling, discussion and creative play, we will explore ways of listening to our souls and opening ourselves to our creativity. If you wish, you are invited to bring a creative project, whether completed or in process, to share with all. Suggested donation $65, includes lunch.  Please pre-register.*




Lenten Communal Penance Service:

March 23, Abbey Church at 7:30 PM








March 31st & April 1st.  A rebroadcast of Trinity Institute’s webcast on “Water Justice.” You will develop a deeper appreciation for water as a sacred gift, gain a thorough understanding of the relationship between water justice and climate change, and learn what we can do about water issues of access, pollution, drought and rising tides.*


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






Fr Andrew and Joan GniadkSUNDAY SUPPER

Sunday, March 26th, 4:30 p.m., Morcone Center. Monthly supper for those living alone or in difficult circumstances. No registration necessary.












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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.







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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 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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