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St. Benedict’s Priory

We are an enclosed community of contemplative Benedictine nuns belonging to the Congregation of the Adorers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus of Montmartre. We were founded in 1898 by the Servant of God Mother Marie Adele Garnier.

Our Sisters come from different parts of the world and their task is to offer themselves in prayer and penance for the needs of humanity, of the Church, and particularly the individuals who bring their requests to us. We make reparation to the Heart of Jesus for the offences done to him, particularly in the Holy Eucharist.

Our community lives according to the ancient Benedictine tradition of Ora et Labora (Prayer and Work). Our special Charism is that of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration, and exposition of the Blessed Sacrament continues from early in the morning until late at night.

We welcome retreatants to spend a few quiet days in our Retreat House. We have 5 single and 2 double rooms. There is simple accommodation with lunch and supper provided, and a kitchenette supplied with food for breakfast and tea/coffee breaks. There is a magnificent view overlooking Cobh Harbour and we are within walking distance of the train and bus stations.

Guests may participate in the liturgy as they wish and take a walk in the beautiful Bible Garden or take advantage of our extensive religious library. The suggested donation is €50 per person/night but if you are keen to make a private retreat we do not want you to stay away on account of cost and will accept what you can afford by prior agreement. Men are asked to provide a character reference from their Parish Priest. Kindly give at least 48 hours notice when booking your retreat.

Please note for reasons beyond our control we will be closed for the months of September and October 2024.


Monastic Retreats