Glastonbury Abbey Institute

Registration for Glastonbury Abbey's Institute programs is open! A list of the programs is outliined below. If you have any questions, please call 781-749-2155 ext. 300. NB: all times listed are Eastern. Please click here for the programs registration page. Or click here for the programs brochure.

These programs are offered by the Glastonbury Abbey Institute as part of its rich Benedictine monastic teaching tradition. Note: some programs are virtual only, some are in-person only and some are hybrid (in-person and online). Suggested donation $20 per session unless otherwise noted.


A Study of the Bible with Regina Boisclair, PhD (In Person Only at 10:30 - 11:50 a.m.) Suggested donation is $50 per 4-week series.
Wednesdays, September 6, 13, 20, 27 – Bible Basics
An overview of the sacred texts as understood by Christians and Jews and ways of interpretation. Details will be supplemented BY reading examples from the various forms of literature including the Bible.
Wednesdays, November 1, 8, 15, 22 – The Old Testament in the New
A consideration of a selection of Old Testament passages in the New Testament that early Christians used to understand Jesus and his significance.

Listening to Phoebe: A Conversation in the Spirit with Carol Stanton
Monday, September 11: 9:30 am – 2:00 pm (in person only)
$20 - Lunch is included.
The Continental Synod Reports reveal that the question of women in ministry is a global issue. Enter St. Phoebe! What does she have to say to a 21st century church? Come and join the conversation.

Social Justice, The Church’s Best Kept Secret with Fr. Thomas Massaro, S.J.
Tuesdays: September 12, 19, 26 at 7:00 p.m. (virtual only)
The Church’s social teaching is a rich treasure of wisdom about building a just society and living lives of holiness amidst the challenges of modern society. In these three sessions, Fr. Massaro will highlight and reflect on several of the key principles and themes that are at the heart of our Catholic social tradition.

The Artist’s Way with Kay Trask, M.Ed
Tuesdays, September 19 – December 5, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. (in person only) Suggested Donation: $195.00
We are all creative! Develop and unleash your creativity by joining a small group of your peers for a 12 week program exploring your creativity based on the classic bestseller, The Artist’s Way, a Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron.

Commonweal Conversations
Mondays, October 2, November 6 & December 4.
Moderated by Maggie Olson. This program is virtual only.

I Believe: Help My Unbelief
Mondays, October 16, November 20 & October 11, 7 p.m.
Fr. Timothy Joyce, OSB. This program is virtual only.

The Constantinian Revolution with Fr. Nicholas Morcone, OSB
Tuesdays, October 17, 24, 31 at 7:00 p.m. Hybrid (In Person/virtual)
These three presentations will examine the background to Constantine’s life and career, his rise to power, his political and religious policies and their long-term effects on the Christian churches.

THE SYNOD: Reform, Renewal, and …… Courage with Sister Maureen Sullivan, OP
Tuesday, November 14 at 7:00 p.m. (virtual only)
Women in the Church - Many Catholics are unaware that, in the midst of over 2500 bishops, there were only 23 women at Vatican II. In this presentation, we will examine the theological journey of women in the Church which made it possible for them to have a presence at the upcoming Synod.

All our programs are offered free, but donations are gratefully received to cover the costs of producing our programs online. If you would like to make a donation, please click here.