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Glastonbury Abbey Institute Programs 2018-2019

The faith education and spiritual enrichment programs sponsored by the Glastonbury Abbey Institute provide educational opportunities for people of all faiths to 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 2018-2019 programs are available online. All programs take place in the Morcone Conference Center, 20 Hull Street, Hingham, MA, unless noted otherwise. No registration necessary. Donations gratefully received. Call 781-749-2155, x343 if you have any questions. ALL ARE WELCOME! Here’s what’s happening in February:

Commonweal Conversations - "Catholicism and Art"

Mondays, February 4 & February 11, 2018 at 7 PM

Where does the Catholic Artist - the writer, the poet, the painter, the musician, the filmmaker - find oneself in American culture today? What does it mean to create "Catholic Art" in the first place?

Join us for thoughtful, expansive, intelligent dialogue. There will be a new topic, to be determined, for the Commonweal Conversations on February 25 and March 4.

Faith Seeking Understanding - Theology for Everyone:

Boston College Theology teachers, with discussion moderated by Father Timothy. Tuesday evenings at 7:00.

Program Schedule:

Feb. 5: John Baldovin, SJ: “The Eucharist: Medicine of Immortality.” This presentation will explore the Eurcharist as the source and energy of our true life in Christ, a medicine for the “field hospital” which is the Church (Pope Francis). Feb. 12: Francine Cardman: “Images of the Magdalen – A Natural History.” This lecture explores key images of Mary Magdalene over the centuries, the contexts in which they appear and the cultural currents to which they respond.

Feb. 13: Francine Cardman: “Images of the Magdalen – A Natural History.” This lecture explores key images of Mary Magdalene over the centuries, the contexts in which they appear and the cultural currents to which they respond.

Feb. 19: Natana J. Delong-Bas: “Islam 101.” This presentation covers major themes in Islam, including the role of the Qur’an and the Prophet Muhammad, the 5 Pillars and common beliefs and scriptural ties between Islam and Christianity.

Feb. 26: Andrew R. Davis: “The Psalms: Jewish-Catholic Dialogue through Shared Praise.” This lecture explores the Psalter as a valuable resource for Jewish-Christian dialogue.

Mar. 5: Luke Timothy Johnson: “Scripture in the Life of the Church.” The Bible only becomes Scripture within the life of the church. The real question is how Scripture might become a meaningful, indeed powerful, element in the faith of Christians. This presentation considers what practices can form a scriptural imagination among believers.

Listening to Other Voices:

Thursday, February 21 at 7:15 p.m. Join us for the 4th lecture in our Listening to Other Voices series: Oscar Romero (1917-1980), presented by Professor Michael Lee. Archbishop Romero was assassinated while offering Mass in 1980 after passionate homilies and radio broadcasts appealing for justice for a murdered close friend. Pope Francis pushed forward his canonization in 2018.

The presenter, Professor Michael Lee, wrote “Revolutionary Saint: The Theological Legacy of Oscar Romero,” which was published in 2018.


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


Sunday, February 24, 4:30 p.m.

Monthly supper served by the monks for those living alone or in difficult circumstances.

Trilogy of Botanical Inspired Spiritual Enrollments for Glastonbury Abbey

Exclusive design by award winning botanical artist Ruth Ann Wetherby-Frattasio.
We thank Ruth Ann for sharing her amazing talent with the Abbey.


Featured above is the "Flower Sympathy" annual card, "Rhododendron" perpetual folder, and "Thinking of You" annual card.


Our spiritual enrollments are a beautiful way to share your faith and love. The monastic community joins the donor in prayer and promises a remembrance in the daily Mass, the Liturgy of the Hours and in all their prayers and good works.  
Please order your custom printed enrollments online, come by the bookstore or call the Mass Guild at 781-749-2155 x 342.


The Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston have planned six Directed Retreats to be offered with other trained directors and held at Glastonbury Abbey.We are very grateful to the monks at Glastonbury Abbey for their warm welcome and eagerness to collaborate in these directed retreats.

A Directed Retreat includes an individual, daily meeting with a director focusing on the retreatant’s experience of God and help in discerning the interior movements of the Holy Spirit during the previous day's prayer and entirety. Within an atmosphere of total silence, there is time for personal prayer, exercise, rest, and liturgy.

* For more details & to receive an application, please call 781-227-4730 or email

Here is the schedule of retreats:

June 24 - July 2 (8 days) or June 24 - June 28 (4 days), facilitated by Joan Duffy, CSJ, Lyn Ferrara, Carol Fitzsimmons, CSJ, Nancijo Wolter

July 6 - 14 (8 days) or July 10 - 14 (4 days), facilitated by Nan Bouché, CSJA, Nancy Kehoe, RSCJ, Joan McCarthy, CSJ, Paula Tinlin, SND

July 16 - 24 (8 days) or July 16 - 20 (4 days), facilitated by Carol Fitzsimmons, CSJ, Dorothea Masuret, CSJ, Joan McCarthy, CSJ, Kathleen Short, CSJ

August 6 - 14 (8 days) or August 6 - 10 (4 days), facilitated by Chris Connolly, OP, Carol Fitzsimmons, CSJ, Marybeth Harmon, Bea Ste. Marie, SSND

August 16 - 23 (7 days) or August 16-20 (4 days), facilitated by Joan Duffy, CSJ, Kathleen Hagerty, CSJ,Patricia McDermott, IHM, Nancy Sheridan, SASV