Eachtra Journal

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Roscrea Spring Conference 2012

February, 2012 · Written by: John Tierney Print This Page This entry is part 3 of 5 in the Issue 13

The 50th Consecutive Conference - 13th - 15th April, 2012

at Mount St Joseph Abbey, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary, Ireland

From Citeaux to Roscrea and Celebrating fifty conferences at Roscrea



6.00 Snack supper and registration

6.45 Reception hosted by Roscrea Heritage Society

7.25 Welcome: Dom Richard Purcell, ocso, Abbot of Mt St Joseph

7.35 Official opening of the 50th Conference

The Cistercian World Today

Dom Eamon Fitzgerald, ocso, Abbot General of the Cistercian Order

8.10 The Region of the Isles

Dom Richard Purcell

8.40 The Monastery and the Academy: Brief remarks on a 12th Century turbulence.

Dr Pádraig Hogan, Education Dept., NUIM

8.50 Are we there yet? From Citeaux to Roscrea and beyond.

Dr John Feehan, author, botanist, geologist

9.10 A Cistercian colophon

George Cunningham

9. 20 Hospitium


3.45 Optional rise for vigils

7.30 An early morning walk on the landscape of Mt St Joseph

John Feehan

9.30 Religion and Higher Learning: Reflections on the Spirituality of Bernard of Clairvaux

Pádraig Hogan

10.05 The Cistercians in Medieval Ireland: a Benedictine perspective

Dr Colmán Ó Clabaigh, osb, Glenstal Abbey

10.40 Fr Luke Wadding OFM and his Cistercian contacts in Italy and Ireland, c1618- c1657

Dr Ben Hazard, Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Institute, UCD

10.55 Coffee

11.25 The Cistercians return to Ireland – early days at Mount Melleray

An tAthair Uinseann Ó Maidín, ocso, archivist, Mt Melleray

11.55 The Story of Mount St Joseph, Roscrea - Part 1

Dom Richard Purcell, ocso, Dom Laurence Walsh, ocso

12.55 The Cistercian Nuns of the Isles

Sr Lily Scullion, ocso, Farm Manager, Glencairn Abbey

1.25 Discussion

1.35 Snack Lunch

3.00 Launch of A Carnival of Learning…celebrating 50 conferences at MSJ.

Edited by Peter Harbison and Valerie Hall.

Official launch by Dom Eamon

5.30 Vespers

5.55 Sherry Reception: honouring the recent publication of A Monastic Landscape: the Cistercians in Medieval Ireland by Dr Breda Lynch.

6.35 Dinner

8.15 Celebrating 50 conferences

9.15 Hospitium


9.30 The Story of MSJ, Roscrea – part 2

Dom Richard, Dom Laurence

10.30 Concelebrated High Mass

11.30 Coffee

11.55 Going forth from Roscrea – the story of its daughter houses

Dom Peter Garvey, Abbot of Bolton Abbey, Moone

12.25 The scholarship of 50 Roscrea Conferences: reflections

a) Leaves on trees and leaves in books - joining the evidence.

Valerie Hall, Professor Emerita of Palaeoecology,


b) Dead saints resurrected; Roscrea 1987-2012

Pádraig Ó Riain, Professor Emeritus of Early and

Medieval Irish, UCC

c) The Fastest Conference Ever Seen — Nought To Fifty In Fifteen Minutes

An tOllamh Dáibhí Ó Cróinín, Roinn na Staire,


Fête Accompli

Professor Peter Harbison, author and art historian

1.40 Summing up and close of conference

George Cunningham

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