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Mount St Joseph Abbey

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Christin Parcerisa - published on 12/04/19

Mount Saint Joseph Abbey

Medieval ruins surround this impressive abbey in Roscrea, Ireland, which is 45 miles outside of Limerick. Solitude, peace, and quiet are enjoyed in this location, which is in walking distance from woodland areas, waterfalls and large fields, providing visitors with a chance to reconnect with nature. The abbey functions as a dairy farm and as a boarding school for boys, and has a separate guesthouse that accommodates up to 40 people. This place has received guests for over 135 years with the characteristic hospitality of monks who are committed to make their guests welcome.

MOUNT Saint Joseph Abbey
Sean Curtin | Mount Saint Joseph Abbey

Visitors can use their time at the abbey to reflect, far away from the stresses of daily life, and to connect with nature. Those who are looking for an in-depth religious experience can join the community’s prayer activities or have talks with one of the monks of the community. Surrounding the guesthouse, you can find walkways to enjoy the landscape. Inside, all bedrooms are en-suite and there’s an elevator to each floor. Meals are served here, with a self-service breakfast, and set menus for lunch and dinner. For prayer opportunities, all visitors can participate in the Divine Office when monks celebrate the Liturgy of the Hours in the Abbey Church, and there’s an optional schedule of prayers displayed in each bedroom, as well as daily community Masses and confessions.     

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