Abbey Outreach
Glastonbury Abbey Institute

The Glastonbury Abbey Institute (GAI) is an extension of the rich Benedictine monastic teaching tradition found at Glastonbury Abbey. As a spiritual resource for lifelong learning, we invite all people from diverse interfaith and cultural traditions to explore and deepen human ways of knowing and being.

All lectures, classes, and courses are provided free to the public, but donations in the suggested amounts are deeply appreciated and will help us cover the cost of our programs. Please click here to make an online donation to GAI. If you have any questions, please call 781-749-2155, ext. 343.

A downloadable pdf version of the 2019-2020 Glastonbury Abbey Institute brochure is available here. All of the GAI offerings are contained in this brochure. Listed below are several of the programs that come under the umbrella of the Institute.


Spiritual Enrichment Programs (SEP)

The Spiritual Enrichment Program provides 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. All programs will be held at the Morcone Conference Center on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 PM. For a schedule of talks for the 2019-2020 season, please click here. Suggested donation for these is $20 per talk.


Adult Education Courses & Days of Reflection

The Artist’s Way, presented by Kay Trask, is a 13-week program based on the book “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron. Registration is available via the Retreat Office, please call 781-749-2155 ext. 300 or email retreats@glastonburyabbey.org. For a schedule and detail of the courses planned for the 2019-2020 season, please click here.

Under the category of "Days of Reflection" we are offering 8 different opportunities to reflect. For details on these "days" please click here.


Mornings of Prayer with the Sisters of St. Joseph

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 and Wednesday, May 6, 2020, 9:00-11:45 AM

The Sisters of St. Joseph return to present two mornings of prayer at Glastonbury Abbey. For further pre-registration, please call Sr. Dorothea Masuret, CSJ, at St. Joseph Spiritual Ministries at 781-227-4730.


Faith & Film Series

For the 10th year we will explore aspects of faith, spirituality, courage, love, evil, forgiveness, and redemption through the lens of film. We have two matinees scheduled for November and February this year. Evening movies begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. and matinees at 2:30 p.m. Discussions will follow the movies. Tea, coffee and snacks will be served. We invite you to come early with friends and bring a sandwich. All films will be shown on Thursday in the Morcone Center. Glastonbury Abbey holds the appropriate movie site licensing to show all films. Donations are gratefully accepted. Please click here for a 2019-20 schedule of films.


Women's Spirituality Group

Anam Cara is the women's spirituality group at the Abbey which offers women the opportunity to share a spiritual journey together. Held at the Morcone Conference Center on the second Friday of each month at 7 pm from September through June. All are welcome! Contact Ellie Devine at ellivine70@gmail.com for more information.


Food for Thought Brunch

On Sunday after Mass, a brunch is held approximately four times a year with a speaker which provides fellowship, challenges our Christian perspectives and nourishes our spiritual and prayer lives. Come satisfy your appetite and feed your mind, heart and soul. These will be advertised on our news webpage.


Lenten Suppers and Discussions (Spring 2020)

A weekly simple supper of soup and bread, followed by a spiritual reflection given by both noted lay scholars and a variety of clergy. All suppers and discussions are held on Tuesday evenings at the Morcone Conference Center. For a listing of the 2020 Lenten offerings please click here.


The Easter Triduum 2020

Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil make up the Easter Triduum, a single celebration of Paschal Mystery spread over three days, the center and high point of which is the Easter Vigil. For more info please click here.


2019 - 2020 Special Events

For further information on special events at the Abbey, such as, the Blessing of the Animals and the arts & crafts fair, please click here.


Walk the Labyrinth

An opportunity to walk in the outdoors during a personal silent meditation is provided at the Abbey Labyrinth. Located on the hill across from the Tower, the Labyrinth is available anytime. See the brochure provided in a box on the site for a guide to your meditation.