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Welcome to Our Lady Of Bethlehem Abbey Website

Welcome to this window into our life here at Bethlehem Abbey, in Portglenone, on the banks of the River Bann. It is our hope that, with your visit, you gain an insight into the daily routine and rhythm of our life in this place, and get a flavour of our Cistercian monastic vocation lived in Community. Our silence, solitude and simplicity of life leave room for contemplative encounter with God – join us, even for a moment, as we consecrate our days in prayer and work.

In Christ’s peace.

Dom Celsus Kelly OCSO


Our guest house is open to all comer of goodwill. Visitors are welcome to stay for a few hours or over night.

Reception is open from 9:00am - 5:00pm Monday - Saturday and 3:00pm - 5:00pm on Sundays.

A member of the community is normally available from 11:30am - 12:30pm Monday - Saturday and 3:00pm - 5:00pm 7 days a week.

There is no fixed charge, but visitors are welcome to make a donation to help cover costs.

If you think that you may be interested in a Monastic Life, you are invited to contact the Vocations Director via email or telephone.

No specific qualifications or skills are required, applicants are welcome, with or without them.

The normal process is for a person to come for a few days and stay in the guest house after making initial contact, where they talk things over with the Vocations Director.  


We all need to be prayed for and you are invited to pray for us.

We also promise to pray for you. You may bring your requests to us personally or send your request or send via the website or by post.

Mass intentions are also welcome and Mass Cards are available in our shop or by post.

Submit your prayer request...

Our Lady Of Bethlehem Abbey

11 Ballymena Road
County Antrim
BT44 8BL

Contact Us

Tel: 028 2582 1341
Fax: 028 2582 2795
E-Mail: info@bethabbey.com