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Benedictine Monastery in Rostrevor.

The first Benedictine Monastery to be built in Ireland since 1183?

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Mary White - Feb '08
What are the times of the masses during the week?

Bob Leverenz - Nov '06
Dear Friends,
Since my visit to Holy Cross in September we have attempted to return to our routine. However, that attempt has taken an unexpected turn. My wife, Lindy has been diagnosed with lung cancer. Surgery has been ruled out. Thus we will begin a regimen of chemotherapy and radiation within two weeks. I invite your prayers for Lindy.

I would be remiss if I did not say thank you once again for the hospitality the community showed me during my stay in September. It was nurturing.

I trust this note finds you well. May your quieting presence engender a spirit of reconciliation across the land. Grace and Peace, Bob Leverenz

Alan Steele - Jul '06
Dear friends it is some months since I spent a night with you. At that time my life was in termoil and I could not see a way forward. A priest called Martin from Belfast arranged for me to stay and paid for my visit. Since then my life has changed completely and I know that I owe you so much because without your kindness and more importantly prayer I know I would not be here now. I would love to spend two nights with you again soon and if this is possible please let me know, Alan.

The Reverend Christine Barton, M.Div. (ret'd) - June '06
I was delighted to discover your wonderful new monastery and place of reconciliation and faith. I was researching Irish Monks for a friend whose 7 year old grandson wished to know more about them. She has just returned from Ireland and had written a story for all her grandchildren about the old monks and monasteries . The youngest asked the question. "What happened to the monks, where are they today?"

Brónagh - January '06
Brónagh (also my name) comes from the Irish word Sorrow, there was a St. Bronagh who is said to have been a popular figure in her home area of County Down where her bell is venerated because so many girls in that area are named for her. Saint Brónach was a 6th-century mystic from Ireland.

St. Bronach (d. unknown Feastday: April 2) is known as The "Virgin of Glen Seichis," an Irish mystic listed in the martyrologies of Tallaght and Donegal. She is much revered for her beauty and spiritual gifts. Glen-Seichis is now called Kilbrony or Kilbronach, located in County Down.
Hope its helpful, even more information would be great, though, if anyone else can help, thank you.

Gerard P Morgan - March 05
When I shall return to my Motherland God wiling I shall visit this Holy place. Remember us in your prayers.

Bronagh Lenehan-Jones - March '05
Many people ask me the origin of the my name Bronagh, the only information I have on the name is that she was a desciple of St Patrick and was from Northern Ireland. I would be grateful to anyone who could tell me more about her.
Y ours sincerely, Bronagh!

Elizabeth Butkovich Kemling - August '04
I was very impressed with this article especially because I see it was a McGivern who was the "Master Builder". My ancestors are from Rostrevor. I am a descendent of Patrick "The General" McGivern. His son was my great-great maternal grandfather (Bernard McGivern) . I am very proud to know one of my own helped to see this dream a reality.

Please give my regards to Maurice McGivern and all the people of Rostrevor.

God Bless you all!

Maureen E. McGivern - August 2004
I just want to comment on this remarkable and awesome project and thank each and every one of you for having the faith and courage to be "who you truly are".
I hope to visit someday. I'm also on a spiritual quest to promote unity in my part of the world ie Everett, WA, USA. I'm sure you'll agree it is easier to say than do. It's hard to get people to have an open heart and mind.
Thank you for what you've done!
Namaste

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