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Glastonbury Abbey Institute Programs 2019-2020

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 2019-2020 programs are available here. All programs take place in the Morcone Conference Center, 20 Hull Street, Hingham, MA, unless noted otherwise. Donations gratefully received. Call 781-749-2155, x300 to register or if you have any questions. ALL ARE WELCOME!

Coming up in October:

October 3, 6:30 p.m. “What if…?” with Gwen Morgan.
October 5, 10:30 a.m. Blessing of the Animals.
October 9, 9:15 a.m. Morning of Prayer with the Sisters of St. Joseph.
October 10, 6:30 p.m. Faith and Film, “Ida.”
October 14 & 21, 7:15 p.m. Commonweal Conversation, “Assisted Reproductive Rights.”
October 17, 7:15 p.m. Listening to Other Voices, Fr. Leo O’Donovan.
October 19, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. “The Mass” with Fr. John Baldovin.
**October 22, 29, Nov. 5, & 12, 7:00 p.m. Spiritual Enrichment with Fr. Timothy Joyce.**POSTPONED**
October 26, 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Day of Reflection with Kay Trask, “Gratitude.”

Full details of the above programs are available here.

Spiritual Direction Available at Glastonbury Abbey

Spiritual Direction is a centuries old ministry that has seen a resurgence in recent years as people from all faith traditions struggle to find the presence of the Divine amid the busyness and chaos of their lives. The role of the spiritual director is to direct one’s heart and mind to God. The director listens with the ear of her/his heart and, through gentle questioning or suggesting, helps you find where or how God is working in your life.

The Spiritual Direction team at Glastonbury Abbey consists of both lay women and monks. Click here for the biographies of the lay women spiritual directors. To learn more about the spiritual direction ministry offered by the Abbey, or to arrange a meeting with a director, contact: Mayre Hammond at

Meditation at the Abbey: Mondays, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Meditation is an opportunity to offer peace, love, and compassion during hectic times. Meditation is now indoors at the Morcone Center. (Compline with the Monks optional at 7:45 p.m. in the Church after Meditation.)

Sunday Supper: Sunday, October 28, 4:30 p.m.

Monthly supper served by the monks for those living alone or in difficult circumstances. Please join us for a nice, home-cooked meal!


All are welcome to join us for a peaceful and spiritual retreat at our beautiful abbey. Offering includes accommodation and meals. Advance registration is required. Please contact our retreat office 781-749-2155 ext. 300 or email

November 1 – 3, 2019:
The Practice of Presence to Self

Facilitators: Martin Mullins, MSc, and Bro. Daniel Walters, OSB
Suggested Offering: $200

Presence points to a feeling of awareness, corresponding to the Buddhist term of mindfulness. It is a heart knowing of the self in the now. Engagement with this practice in our daily lives will be presented as one path to lead us on the way toward fullness of being.

Martin Mullins has studied and practiced Psychosynthesis and transpersonal theory for the past twenty eight-years. His seminal training was at Eckhart House, Institute of Psychosynthesis and Transpersonal Theory in Dublin, Ireland. Martin has also studied at the Institute of Psychosynthesis, London and participated in programs at the Durckheim Center, Germany.

December 6 – 8, 2019:
Advent Retreat – Come to the Stable

Facilitator: Abbot Thomas O’Connor, OSB
Suggested Offering: $200

Will Christmas be different this year? During Advent we continue our search for God and God’s desire for us. This invitation to “Come to the Stable” calls us to journey towards Christmas – waiting in anticipation for the incarnation of God in our lives. If we accept the invitation, what awaits us?

December 28, 2019 - January 1, 2020:
New Year Retreat – Listening to Silence

Facilitator: Br. Matthias Bodnar, OSB
Suggested Offering: $200

Your year will end and your new year will begin in a monastic setting, guided by Br. Matthias along with his fellow monks. We will attempt to help you tap into the silence that guides our monastic existence in hopes that you will carry this very silence not only into your new year but into your entire year. Guidance in Centered Daily Rhythms, Healthy Food Nourishment & Grounded Meditation Practices will be the focus of your experience during this retreat. If you are searching for new ways to tap into the Spirit to help guide you in the year of 2020, this retreat is just what you need.