Liturgical Conference 2022

Glenstal Abbey is pleased to welcome you to our fourth Liturgical Conference, which will focus on our experience of worship within the liturgical space.

The conference takes place from Saturday 29th to Monday 31st October at Glenstal Abbey and features a range of contributors:

  • Abbot Brendan Coffey OSB – Abbot of Glenstal Abbey, studied theology in Rome and liturgy in Padua.
  • Johanna Wiese OSB – Prioress of Dinklage Abbey, Germany; architect specialising in Sacred Art and Architecture.
  • Luke Macnamara OSB – Monk of Glenstal Abbey, studied theology in Paris and Rome.
  • Emmaus O’Herlihy OSB – Monk of Glenstal Abbey, studied theology in Toronto.
  • Anna Gannon – Art historian at the University of Cambridge; her areas of specialism are the Anglo-Saxons at the time of their conversion to Christianity and their interactions with the neighbours on the British Isles, Continental Europe and beyond.
  • Henry O’Shea OSB – Monk of Glenstal Abbey, studied theology in Würzburg.
  • Jonathan Price – The Fred and Helen Lessing Chair of Ancient History at Tel Aviv University in Israel, specialising in Greek and Roman Historiography, Jewish history of the Roman Period and Epigraphy.
  • Robin Jensen – Patrick O’Brien Professor of Theology at Notre Dame University in the United States of America, specialising in the History of Christianity, Liturgical Studies, and Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity.
  • Columba McCann OSB – Monk of Glenstal Abbey, studied theology in Clonliffe and liturgy in Rome.
  • Jarek Kurek OSB – Monk of Glenstal Abbey, studied theology in Krakow and Oxford.
  • Dominik Jurczak OP – Dominican friar, professor of Theology at the Pontifical University ‘Angelicum’ and lecturer at the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Liturgy ‘Sant Anselmo’ in Rome, Assistant Editor of Ecclesia Orans.

Considering the different elements of the community’s experience when gathered together for the liturgy is something all the more relevant in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and ‘online worship.’ This will be a fascinating conference, filled with engaging speakers, panel discussions, liturgical art tours, prayer and time for interaction between participants, speakers and monks.

Single day: €95, full conference: €230 and student concessions are available. Bookings can be made by emailing:

When making your booking, please include all relevant details such as the number of days you wish to attend, special dietary requirements, etc. The cost is inclusive of all meals, talks and other activities. Accommodation is not available at the Abbey and must be booked separately, though we can assist with the names of some local hotels and B&B’s, if requested.

The full conference programme can be downloaded by clicking here.

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