In Chapter 53 of his Rule, St Benedict tells the monks that they are to welcome all those who visit to the monastery as if they were welcoming Christ himself. For over 135 years Mount St Joseph has been a place where the Cistercian monks have welcomed guests and visitors who come to experience the peace and prayer of the monastic environment. We too hope to extend the warmest of welcomes, to the visiting monks of Mount St. Joseph’s, on June 1st; and we are both honoured and extremely grateful, to have them attend our first Timahoe Heritage Festival.
Timahoe Heritage Festival 2019.
Date: Saturday 1st June
Location: Timahoe Heritage Centre
Early Monastic Life & Gregorian Chant
The Monks of Mount Saint Joseph Abbey, will attend the Timahoe Heritage Festival, on Saturday 1st June, at 2:30pm. Mount Saint Joseph Abbey is a monastery of the Order of Cistercians of Strict Observance (OCSO), and was founded in 1878.
At Timahoe Heritage Centre on Saturday June 1st, the monks will talk about early monastic life in Ireland, and the work of monasteries, throughout the country. The origins of monasticism can be traced back to before the Christian era. In the sixth century St Benedict drew up his Rule for Monks, and it is this Rule that is followed by the community of monks at Mount Saint Joseph. After the talk has concluded we will then be treated to some Gregorian Chant.
Mount Saint Joseph’s Abbey
Mount Saint Joseph Abbey, Roscrea, was founded by the Cistercians of Mount Mellaray Abbey in County Waterford, thirty-one of whose monks came in March 1878. The property known as Mount Heaton Demesne had been purchased for them by Arthur J. Moore MP of Mooresford House near Tipperary town. Moore was a devout and committed Catholic landlord, who was to become a Papal Count. He was well known to the monks at Mount Mellaray and even though he was a very young man, was desirous of establishing another Cistercian monastery in Ireland. The property cost £15,000, £10,000 of which Arthur Moore paid himself. The remainder was raised by mortgage by the new community. Today the Cistercian way of life is followed worldwide by 200 monasteries with c.4,000 members.