The Closure of Esker Monastery

Esker monastery is to be closed. The community, to which I belong, is to be moved out before the end of the year, and then an attempt will be made to offload the building.

It was obvious for many years that this day was coming. Twenty five years ago I wrote a book, The Death of Religious Life?, which predicted that we would probably live to see the collapse of monasteries and convents, and now we are witnessing it.

Article in the National Catholic Reporter

Irish Redemptorists ask Vatican to reinstate priest barred from ministry over women’s ordination
Feb 4, 2022
by Sarah Mac Donald PeopleVatican

DUBLIN — The Irish branch of the global Redemptorist religious order has called on the Vatican to reinstate a priest who was suspended from public ministry in 2012 primarily over his support for women’s ordination.

In a statement to NCR, the head of the Dublin province of the Redemptorists said he and his provincial council would like to see Fr.

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