Lenten Talks 2011

The inspiration for the Glenstal Lenten Series 2011 comes from W.B. Yeats’ poem To Ireland in the Coming Times. Yeats is concerned with Ireland and her future. Because life is short, he encourages us to make room for meditating on God, time and love. We invite you for the Sundays of Lent to the following presentations;


March 13th First Sunday of Lent

Prof. Margaret Harper, Glucksman Chair in Contemporary Writing in English, University of Limerick.

Margaret Harper studies and teaches Irish and American literature of the long twentieth century, modernisms, modern and contemporary poetry, and transnational feminist theory. She’s a specialist in the occult life and work of W. B. Yeats and has written extensively about the mediumistic collaboration between Yeats and his wife George Hyde Lees, as well as editing scholarly editions of the manuscripts and philosophical book A Vision. She has supervised numerous PhD dissertations and MA theses.

March 20th Second Sunday of Lent

Abbot Patrick Hederman OSB, Abbot of Glenstal.

Mark Patrick Hederman was elected the Fifth Abbot of Glenstal by his community in 2008. He did his doctorate in the philosophy of education. He has lectured in philosophy and literature in America and Nigeria as well as Ireland, and was a founding editor of the cultural journal The Crane Bag. He studied philosophy in Paris with Emmanuel Levinas and is interested in art as a prophetic pointer towards a more comprehensive and humane future for us all.

March 27th Third Sunday of Lent*

Hibernia, artistic director, Óscar Mascareñas. An ensemble formed by the students at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance.

HIBERNIA is a cross-disciplinary ensemble directed by Óscar Mascareñas that focuses on the performance of early music repertoires within the realm of contemporary practice. It is currently formed by students of the BA Voice and Dance (BAVAD) and former MA Ritual Chant and Song students, some of which are undertaking doctoral research at the Academy.

Óscar is a composer, poet, performer and musicologist. He is currently the Course Director of the BA in Voice and Dance at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in the University of Limerick.

April 3rd Fourth Sunday of Lent

Prof. Liam Tracey OSM, Professor of Liturgy, St Patrick’s College Maynooth

An ordained presbyter of the Order of Friar Servants of Mary (OSM). Undergraduate studies in Dublin and Rome. Postgraduate studies at the Pontifical Liturgical Institute, Sant’ Anselmo, Rome. After working in a parish for a number of years after ordination, he returned to Rome and graduate studies in liturgy, culminating in a Doctorate. He has taught and lectured in many parts of Ireland and Australia, Ghana, Italy, UK, and the USA. Appointed Director of Post-Graduate Studies at the Pontifical University at Maynooth in 2009.

April 10th Fifth Sunday of Lent

Br Martin Browne OSB, Headmaster Glenstal Abbey School.

Martin Browne has been a monk of Glenstal since 2001. After studying History and Political Science in Trinity College, Dublin, he worked for a number of years in religious broadcasting and print journalism. A committed ecumenist, he has been involved in the Glenstal Ecumenical Conference since before joining the monastery, and is currently on the Editorial Board of the journal, One in Christ. He studied Theology and Ministry in Durham University, and was ordained a deacon in 2008. He was appointed Headmaster of Glenstal Abbey School in 2009.



*Concert of Chant and Poetry in the Abbey Church.

Presentation 4.30pm followed by Vespers at 6.00pm

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