Bishop Michael Smith, Bishop of Meath, last Saturday presided at the canonical establishment of a new monastery at Silverstream Priory in the Diocese of Meath.
Silverstream is home to a community of eight
male religious who follow the Rule of Saint Benedict.
came from Tulsa, USA, in 2012 and occupies the former residence of the
Visitation Sisters in Stamullen, Co Meath.
The monastery is
contemplative in nature, with a
particular focus on the Liturgy and Eucharistic Adoration.
community’s constitution and canonical norms were approved by the Holy
See earlier this month.
Bishop Smith signed a Decree on 25 February, “erecting the Benedictine
Monks of Perpetual Adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar as a
monastic Institute of Consecrated Life of diocesan right in the Diocese
This Decree is believed to mark the first formal
establishment of a monastic community in the Diocese of Meath since the
suppression of the monasteries by Henry VIII in 1536.
Smith said, “The history of religious life has seen many developments
over the centuries and I am delighted to recognise the unique presence
of this new monastery in the Diocese of Meath. Through their prayer,
study and hospitality, the monks are ‘speaking to the heart’ and their
quiet witness is a reminder that the Lord continues to provide the
Church with new gifts and grace.”
celebrated Mass in Silversteam Priory accompanied by Very Reverend Dom
Mark Kirby, Conventual Prior of the Institute.