Silverstream Priory, County Meath: March 2012 Archives

Work Day at Silverstream Priory

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We were blessed today with a crew of extraordinary workers from Dublin, all graduates of the Cenacolo community and members of the Legion of Mary.

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The lads worked with great enthusiasm. They even prayed the Rosary together while they worked. Frank Duff is surely very proud of this latest generation of Legion of Mary apostles.

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After several tea breaks and time for Confessions, our workers took the road back to Dublin promising to return to Silverstream Priory in the very near future.

Silverstream Priory

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Dear Oblates, friends, and benefactors,

When we first accepted the invitation to relocate to Stamullen in County Meath, we chose to follow Irish custom and call our monastery by the name of the place. Not knowing much about the history of our future monastery, we opted for Stamullen Priory. Since that time, other considerations -- important ones -- have come to light.

Yesterday, while helping us clean out an old press, Patrick Cullen, one of our volunteers found a map of the property dating from 1910. On the map, the house is designated Silverstream House. It is so called after the little stream that runs through the property. Read about the history of Silverstream House here.

The unanimous opinion of the local people, our new neighbours in Stamullen, is that our monastery should be called Silverstream Priory, in continuity with the traditional name of the property. We have decided, then, to follow the advice of our friends here, and call our monastery Silverstream Priory. The dedication of the monastery to Our Lady of the Cenacle and to Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus and of the Holy Face remains unchanged.

More evidence emerged today. The document attesting to the erection of the Way of the Cross in the monastery church on 14 July 1952 identifies the place as Sanctae Teresiae, apud Silverstream.

Silverstream has lovely biblical and liturgical resonances. Among them would be these:

Psalm 45:5
The stream of the river maketh the city of God joyful: the most High hath sanctified his own tabernacle.

Isaias 59:19
And they from the west, shall fear the name of the Lord: and they from the rising of the sun, his glory: when he shall come as a violent stream, which the spirit of the Lord driveth on.

Apocalypse 22:1-5
And he shewed me a river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street thereof, and on both sides of the river, was the tree of life, bearing twelve fruits, yielding its fruits every month, and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no curse any more; but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and his servants shall serve him. And they shall see his Face: and his name shall be on their foreheads. And night shall be no more: and they shall not need the light of the lamp, nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God shall enlighten them, and they shall reign for ever and ever.

May it please the Holy Ghost to make Silverstream Priory a place of living water, of spiritual refreshment, of purification, and of supernatural fruitfulness for the joy of Ireland and of the whole Church.

In lumine vultus Iesu,
Father Prior

Saint Patrick's Day in Ireland

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Joy and Gratitude

I woke up this morning with the opening verse of Psalm 44 in my heart and on my lips" "My heart overfloweth with a goodly theme; I shall sing my ode to the King." Quite simply, I am happy, and immensely grateful to be here in Ireland on this feast of Saint Patrick.

Divine Providence

Since arriving here I have witnessed a succession of little miracles, signs of the Father's loving providence. It is very humbling to see first-hand how close God is to those who seek Him, attending to every detail and providing for every need. Yesterday, together with J.B. Kelly, a young American from Missouri, and Frank Brennan, a stalwart Irish volunteer I spent the day at Stamullen, and met there with our brilliant architect, Mr. Buckley. The work has begun! Mr. Buckley's plans set before my eyes a vision of what the monastery will be: a place of chaste beauty, of light, of simplicity, and of harmony. His plans for the restoration and renovation of the priory church are, in every way, worthy of the house of the Lord.

David Craig Writes to You

On the other side of the Atlantic, my good friend, and now our chief fundraiser, David Craig, has also been hard at work. Specifically for Saint Patrick's Day, Dave wrote a letter of appeal that comes straight from his heart. You will find that letter here. I am full of gratitude to David Craig for reaching out to all of you, readers of Vultus Christi, and for saying, in his words, exactly what needs to be said.

Holy Mass Offered for You Today

I will offer Holy Mass today for all the Oblates, friends, and benefactors of the Monastery of Our Lady of the Cenacle that, following Irish custom, will be called more familiarly, Silverstream Priory, after the village in County Meath where it is located. I entrust David Craig's appeal to the intercession of the glorious Saint Patrick, Apostle of Ireland, and to that of Saint Thérèse, who has shown herself such a powerful advocate in this adventure of faith.

Thank you for taking the time to read David Craig's letter, and thank you for responding to it generously. It is time to render love for love.

History of Silverstream Priory

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Brother Benedict posted a fascinating history of Silverstream Priory on our monastery website. To read it, go here. The photograph above would date, I think, from the 1940s. Today there are mature trees and plantings. The Priory grounds are beautifully landscaped.

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Brother Benedict took this photo of the road outside our new home, Silverstream Priory, on the very day of our arrival in Ireland.

About Dom Mark

Dom Mark Daniel Kirby is Conventual Prior of Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland. The ecclesial mandate of his Benedictine community is the adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar in a spirit of reparation, and in intercession for the sanctification of priests.

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