Contemplative Congregations

Who are they?

What do they do?

Why would I join?

Today as in the past Monasteries of Contemplative Religious Life are oasis of quiet, peace and joy, communities of nuns living lives of prayer and contemplation. The life differs from apostolic religious life, in that those called to this way of life have an obligation of special prayer, Prayer of the Church(Divine Office) in choir, and their mission is within the cloister.

Since it is God who calls to this way of life, prayer is at the heart of their daily lives, enabling them to live in personal and community intimacy with God. Their programme of life reminds them and others that God alone is absolute, that all else is relative.

Most communities earn their living by a variety of productive activities: making vestments and communion breads, printing and gardening etc. Each community has a real family atmosphere, providing affirmation, healing and growth for its members, with time for the development and exercise of personal talents like music, art etc.

Come and see for yourself by contacting any of the following addresses, or browse through those who have a web site.

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Carmelite Monastery Firhouse, Dublin 24
Carmelite Monastery Hampton, Drumcondra, Dublin 24
Carmelite Monastery Malahide, Co Dublin
Carmelite Monastery Roebuck Road, Dublin 14
Carmelite Monastery Upper Kilmacud Rd. Stillorgan, Co Dublin
Carmelite Monastery Delgany, Co Wicklow
Carmelite Monastery New Ross, Co Wexford
Carmelite Monastery Tallow, Co Waterford
Carmelite Monastery Loughrea, Co Galway
Carmelite Monastery Tranquilla, Knock, Co Mayo
Carmelite Monastery 42 Glenvale Rd, Newry, Co Down BT34 2RD
Poor Clare Monastery Simmonscourt Rd. Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
Poor Clare Monastery Graiguecullen, Carlow
Poor Clare Monastery College Rd. Cork
Poor Clare Monastery Nun's Island, Galway
Poor Clare Monastery Drumshambo, Co Leitrim
Poor Clare Monastery 120 Cliftonville Rd. Belfast BT14 6LA
Poor Clare Monastery Francis St. Ennis, Co Clare
Poor Clares St Klaarasostrene, Asvien 2, 3260 Larvik, Norway
Adoration Sisters Ferns, Co Wexford
Benedictine Benedictine Abbey, Kylemore, Co Galway
Benedictine Priory The Mount, Cobh, Co Cork
Cistercian St Mary's Abbey, Glencairn, Co Waterford
Dominican Siena Convent, Drogheda, Co Louth
Good Shepherd 19 Rossmore Drive, Ormeau Rd. Belfast BT7 3LA
Redemptoristine Monastery St Alphonsus Rd. Drumcondra, Dublin 9
Perpetual Adoration Sisters Bride Stree, Wexford
Visitation Monastery Stamullen, Co Meath