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Introduction

Pax (Peace), inscribed over the portal of the monastery, the first word of welcome to all entering this place is both our greeting to, and our wish for you.

In the spirit of St Benedict, who taught in his Rule that all guests should be welcomed as Christ himself, we welcome you. Seeking God and creating a space where God seeks us through a life of prayer and work is at the heart of monastic life. In welcoming you we invite you simply to participate in this seeking and being sought here at Glenstal.

People connect with Glenstal in all sorts of ways. Many come daily to participate in the liturgy, visit the church or simply walk the grounds. Others spend some days of reflection in the Guesthouse and many others join in one of the organised retreat or course days. In recent years visiting day groups have become very popular. For all it seems to be a relaxing, reflective and restoring time. We encourage you to browse the following pages.

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Let all guests who arrive be received like Christ, for he is going to say, ‘I came as a guest, and you received me’. And to all let due honour be shown, especially to the domestics of the faith and to pilgrims. Rule of Benedict, Ch. 53