Meath's royal welcome for monks
The first new monastery in Co Meath since the Reformation some 500 years ago was established yesterday.
Bishop Michael Smith presided at the canonical establishment of a new monastery at Silverstream Priory.
Silverstream is home to a community of eight monks who follow the Rule of St Benedict.
The community came from Tulsa, USA in 2012 and occupies the former residence of the Visitation Sisters in Stamullen.
The monastery is contemplative in nature, with a particular focus on the Liturgy and Eucharistic Adoration. Its constitution and canonical norms were approved by the Holy See earlier this month.
Bishop Michael Smith signed the Decree yesterday "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 of Meath".
It's the first formal establishment of a monastic community in Meath since the suppression of the monasteries by Henry VIII in 1536.
"The history of religious life has seen many developments over the centuries. Through their prayer, study and hospitality, the monks are 'speaking to the heart'," Bishop Smith said.