Bethlehem

Location

Official Name O.L. of Bethlehem Abbey

61

Country Ireland

City Portglenone

Address 11 Ballymena Road

Postcode Co. Antrim BT44 8BL

Contact Information

Telephone [44] (28) 2582 1211

Website www.bethlehemabbey.com

Superior Dom Celsus Kelly, Abbot 1977-2019

Other Informations

Juridical Status Abbey

Diocese Dioecesis Dunensis et Connorensis (Down and Connor)

OCSO Region ISLES

Founded/Restored 1948

Origins

Founded by Mount Melleray in 1948; Abbey in July 1951.

History

A Georgian mansion (c. 1800) with an estate of about 150 mostly fertile arable hectares situated in Northern Ireland was purchased in 1948. Other buildings were added on prior to the construction of an entirely new monastery in the 1960s, which was necessitated by the increasing numbers joining the community. The numbers peaked around 1970.

1967: opening and blessing of the new church.

The monastery is situated in the Northern part of Ireland where the centuries-old political conflict between the English and Irish (later to have a religious Catholic/Protestant dimension) still simmers and flares up from time to time.

Father Immediate

Mount Melleray

Lay Associates

Cistercian Lay Associates of Our Lady of Bethlehem Abbey

Past Superiors

Oliver FARRELL, Superior (01/09/1948 – 08/07-1951), Abbot (08/07/1951-17/09/1958)
Aengus DUNPHY, Abbot (22/10/1958 – 26/09/1977)

Work and Sources of Income

A changing economic climate has meant that the farm no longer provides the community with a viable source of income. This comes mainly from a religious shop, a craftshop and a printery; with something as well from the donations left by the steady stream of visitors.

Guest Facilities

10 rooms, all of which can be shared if necessary.

Transportation

10 rooms, all of which can be shared if necessary.

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