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


Beautiful, Father! Seems so appropriate!

Do I have to get the GPS update for that? ;^)

~ Br. Melchisedech

Still Waters Farm greets Silverstream!

It has been wonderful to read about the confirming work of the Lord as the new Monastery takes root.

Your blogs are water in the desert as the challenges of Benedictine humility present themselves in the wilderness of Lent. Bless you, Fr. Prior

Sr. Cecelia of Rome

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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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