Silverstream Priory

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Silverstream Priory
Location in 2010
Monastery information
Founder(s)Mark Daniel Kirby
PriorBasil Mary McCabe
LocationStamullen, County Meath, Ireland
Coordinates53°38′17″N 6°17′23″W / 53.63806°N 6.28972°W / 53.63806; -6.28972
Public accessYes

Silverstream Priory is a Roman Catholic monastery in Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland, founded in 2012. The monastery is an autonomous diocesan priory of the Benedictine Monks of Perpetual Adoration.

Mark Daniel Kirby (b. 1952) is the founder and was the first superior of the priory until his resignation in 2020. As of March 2023, Fr. Basil Mary McCabe was its prior.


The community's history began in Oklahoma in 2007, when Bishop Edward James Slattery of the Diocese of Tulsa invited Mark Daniel Kirby, then a Cistercian monk, to form a monastery with the mission of prayer for priests. In 2009, a year designated by Pope Benedict XVI as a "year of the priest",[1] the bishop inaugurated the community under the title Monastery of Our Lady of the Cenacle. In 2011, flooding in Tulsa made the community's residence uninhabitable, and Fr. Kirby obtained Bishop Slattery's permission to move the community.[2][3]

In autumn 2011 the monks were invited by Bishop Michael Smith to relocate to the Diocese of Meath.[4] In March 2012, the community moved into a former religious house in the village of Stamullen in County Meath.[5] Based on a local geographical name, they adopted the name Silverstream Priory for the monastery.

In February 2017, the community reached a milestone with the formal approval of its constitutions by the Holy See, leading to the canonical establishment of the Benedictine Monks of Perpetual Adoration as a monastic institute of consecrated life in the diocese of Meath. This made Silverstream Priory the first new monastery in the county since the abolition of monasteries under Henry VIII in 1536.[6][7]

In 2020, the National Catholic Reporter and The Tablet reported that the priory underwent a diocesan visitation, ordered by Thomas Deenihan, Bishop of Meath, and conducted from 9 to 12 June 2020 by Brendan Coffey, the Benedictine Abbot of Glenstal Abbey, Richard Purcell, the Trappist Abbot of Mount Mellaray Abbey, and Gearoid Dullea, a priest of the Diocese of Cork and Ross.[8][9] Kirby also resigned his position as superior, and Coffey was named administrator.[8]


The monastery describes its historical inspiration in these terms:

Silverstream Priory is a providential realisation of the cherished project of Abbot Celestino Maria Colombo, O.S.B. (1874–1935), who, following the impetus given by Catherine–Mectilde de Bar in the 17th century, sought to establish a house of Benedictine monks committed to ceaseless prayer before the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar in a spirit of reparation.[10]

The monastery hence places a special emphasis on Eucharistic Adoration for the sanctification of Catholic priests. The monks celebrate the traditional Benedictine liturgy (Divine Office and the Mass) in the pre-Vatican II form, in Latin and with Gregorian chant.[2]

As of 2020, the monastery has 15 members, of whom three are priests. Of the monks, ten are professed members, while five are novices.[10]

Priory buildings[edit]

The priory house was originally built in 1843 by the Preston family (the Viscounts Gormanston), and from 1941 to 1955 was inhabited by the Brothers Hospitallers of Saint John of God, who added a church in 1952 named in honor of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux.[11] Contemplative nuns of the Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary resided at the house from 1955 to 2010.[3] In 2018 the former church was converted into a wing for the priory's novitiate.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Letter of His Holiness Benedict XVI Proclaiming a Year For Priests". Congregation for the Clergy. 16 June 2009.
  2. ^ a b Michael Kelly (20 August 2014). "From Oklahoma to Ireland: Monks forced to turn away new candidates after moving to Emerald Isle". Our Sunday Visitor. Archived from the original on 3 March 2017.
  3. ^ a b Sarah MacDonald (21 December 2014). "Fundraising deadline looms for Silverstream priory". Catholic Ireland.
  4. ^ Keith Fournier (28 January 2017). "Benedictine Monks from Oklahoma Become Missionaries to the Irish Church". Catholic Online.
  5. ^ The English Congregation of the Order of St. Benedict (2019). The Benedictine Yearbook. Catholic Printing. p. 178.
  6. ^ Tom Prendeville (28 March 2012). "US order to open monastery in Meath". The Irish Times.
  7. ^ Gordon Hatch (1 March 2017). "The Returned: first new monastery established in Meath since Reformation times". Drogheda Leader. p. 6.
  8. ^ a b "Silverstream Priory, founded by conservative US monk, gets visitation". National Catholic Reporter. 23 September 2020. Retrieved 13 October 2020.
  9. ^ "Concerns raised over Silverstream Priory". The Tablet. 8 October 2020.
  10. ^ a b The English Congregation of the Order of St. Benedict (2019). The Benedictine Yearbook. Catholic Printing. p. 178.
  11. ^ Christopher, White (23 September 2020). "Silverstream Priory, founded by conservative US monk, gets visitation". National Catholic Reporter. Retrieved 12 October 2020.

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