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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 online. All programs take place in the Morcone Center, 20 Hull Street, Hingham, MA, unless noted otherwise.  Here’s what’s happening in October:






Blessing of the pets

Blessing of the Animals

Oct. 7, 10:30 AM: Come to Glastonbury Abbey where animals, great and small, will be blessed. Gather at the arbor in front of the Abbey Bookstore. All animals & pets welcome (even the stuffed toy variety!).








Father Nicholas by Lucy

Spiritual Enrichment with Fr. Nicholas

Oct. 10, 7 PM, “The Reformation: Ancient History or Contemporary Reality.” As we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, we  will attempt to look at the Church of the middle ages, the causes and focus  of the Protestant Reformation, the Catholic response and the long term  effects of the religious, social economic and political upheaval.

Week I. The pre Reformation Church

Week II. Luther, Calvin and the Anabaptists

Week III. The Catholic Reformation

Week IV. The post - reformation world

No registration required. Suggested donation $20 per session.








Fr TimothySpiritual Enrichment with Fr. Timothy

Oct. 13, 10 AM, “Adult Christianity: Beyond the Catechism.” This four week course will discuss the nature of faith today as seen in: 

- the historical development of our understanding of our Christian faith,  especially since the II Vatican Council; 

- the importance of the Bible and the early Church; 

- how modern science, the ecological movement and world events have  shaped our insights; 

- the recovery of the mystical tradition of the church; 

- how we might have a richer, more mature understanding of our Christian tradition. Participants will be invited to grow as more reflective Disciples of Christ. No registration required. Suggested donation $20 per session.











Rabbi William HamiltonLecture Series – Listening to Other Voices

Thursday, October 19 at 7:15 p.m. Listening to Other Voices, Rabbi William Hamilton, “Walking in God’s Ways – Lessons from Abraham Joshua Heschel.” Rabbi Hamilton will open this year’s Lecture Series at Glastonbury Abbey; he will explore the life of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel who famously “prayed with his feet” when he marched in Selma. No registration required; however, seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis.  All are welcome!








 Sr Bridgette HaaseFood for Thought with Sister Bridgette Haase, OSU

Sunday, October 29 at 11:00 a.m.  “Live from a Burning Fire” is based on our call to be fire upon this earth. Real-life stories from around the world stretch us to live from a burning fire, not cold ashes; to light candles in others’ hearts; to fulfill Jesus’ desire to set the world ablaze.  No registration required.










Day of Reflection

Oct. 21, 9 AM, “Morning of Healing” with Joseph Coyle. The difficulties that we experience can often span several generations in our families. These issues can be genetic, biological, psychological, and spiritual. The morning will focus on helping participants take inventory of these issues within their own families, on breaking patterns through psychological means, and on healing root causes through prayer. The program will include teaching, group prayer, reflection time, and Mass.  Suggested donation $30. Registration required. Please contact 781-749-2155 ext. 300 or email









The Innocents

Faith & Film

Oct. 26, 6:30 PM, “The Innocents” PG 13, 1 Hour 55 Minutes.  In 1945 Warsaw, a French Red Cross doctor (Lou de Laage) is called to a convent on an urgent matter. Once there, she not only helps a nun give birth, but discovers that several other women at the monastery are also pregnant. Soon, she is tasked with keeping the secret of what happened at the convent during World War II. Directed by Anne Fontaine, The Innocents made its world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.  Movie starts promptly at 6:30 PM.  We invite you to come early with friends and bring a sandwich. Tea, coffee and snacks will be served. Movies are free and all are welcome!  Donations gratefully received.








praying hands

Day of Reflection

Oct. 31, 5:15 PM, “Celebrating the Real Halloween” with Fr. Timothy Joyce, OSB & Mairead Doherty, Celtic Harpist. This evening reflection will draw on the Christian feast of All Saints ("All  Hallows’ Eve") and the Celtic New Year ("Samhain") to remember those  who have gone before us, especially our own ancestors. It begins with First Vespers of All Saints at 5:15 pm followed by a talk and supper at the Morcone Center. We return to Church for Compline and a Ritual of Remembrance. Participants are asked to bring photos of deceased family members, friends and heroes of their lives.  Suggested donation $65 includes dinner. Limited to 18 people. Registration required. Please contact 781-749-2155 ext. 300 or email









Meditation continues on 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. Questions? Contact Annabelle:










Fr Andrew and Joan Gniadk


Sunday, October 29 at 4:30 p.m., Morcone Center, 20 Hull Street, Hingham.  Monthly supper for those living alone or in difficult circumstances. No registration required.












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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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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