After completing a first retreat in Pantasaph, Wales, with Fr John and Br Basil, Fr Prior is now in Ireland holding a second retreat at Ards Friary, Creeslough, Donegal. On the way there the three monks made a stopover at Silverstream Priory, Stamullen, County Meath. Fr Prior was blessed to meet Dom Mark Kirby shortly after his community moved to Ireland in 2012, and since then he has gone each year at least once to visit and help the fledgling group. This time around, he was delighted to see the great progress that has been made. In addition to the Prior, there is one solemnly professed monk who is a priest, two junior professed, three novices (one of whom is a priest) and three postulants, and many other knocking at the door. Even more important however is the official erection of the community which took place this year by the Bishop of Meath. Silverstream Priory is henceforth a fully approved and established monastic community of the Church. This is all very encouraging for us as well, as we set out on a path that is similar and hopefully will lead to the same goal. Si solum fiat!

Dom Pius with Dom Mark Kirby.

Dom Pius with Dom Mark Kirby.