Nombre Oficial O.L. of Bethlehem Abbey


País Ireland

Ciudad Ballymena, Co. Antrim

Dirección 11 Ballymena Road, Portglenone

Código Postal BT44 8BL


Teléfono [44] (28) 2582 1211

Email Comunidad [email protected]

Sitio web

Superiore/a Dom Aelred Magee, Superior ad nutum 2024

Otras Informaciones

Estatuto Jurídico Abbey

Diócesis Dioecesis Dunensis et Connorensis (Down and Connor)


(Re)fundado 1948


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


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.

Padre Inmediato

Mount Melleray (until 2022); Father Immediate : Rep. delegated to M. Brigitte Pinot of Tautra

Laicos Asociados

Cistercian Lay Associates of Our Lady of Bethlehem Abbey

Antiguos(as) Superiores(as)

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
Celsus KELLY, Abbot — 27/09/1977 – 08/11/2019
Celsus KELLY, Superior ad nutum — 09/11/ 2019 – 17/01/2024

Trabajo y Fuentes de Ingresos

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.


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


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


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