UPDATE BELOW! Photos
Originally Published on: Feb 25, 2017
Here is news to warm the cockles of my beady-black heart.
This comes from the Benedictines of Silverstream Priory in the Diocese of Meath. HERE
On 25 February 2017, they were formally, canonically established by the Bishop of Meath. Their constitutions had been approved by the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei” – that means they are traditional – and the go ahead was given to the bishop.
As a gesture to congratulate them for their “birthday” you might send them a donation. Tell them Fr. Z sent you.
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 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 of Meath”.
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. Their immediate “black Benedictine” predecessors were the monks of the ancient Monastery of Fore in County Westmeath, founded originally by Saint Féichín (+665). The monastery was suppressed in 1539.
Fr. Z kudos to the Prior, dom Mark Kirby, and the monks at Silverstream.
BTW… the monks have developed their own splendid Way of the Cross specifically for use by PRIESTS. HERE Fathers! Pay attention! Lay people, consider getting this for your priests.
They also have produced beautiful and well-planned altar cards for the traditional form of the Roman Rite. I have framed a set and use them in my private chapel.
framed altar cards from Silverstream Priory. They turned out very well. Check them out HERE.
Again, as a congratulation gesture for their “birthday” you might send them a donation. Tell them Fr. Z sent you.
UPDATE 27 Feb:
Prior Kirby sent me some great photos of the ceremony of their profession with the Bishop.