Welcome / Fáilte Romhat!

The Franciscan Abbey in Multyfarnham was founded in 1268 and continues to be an active centre of Franciscan mission in Ireland.  The only Franciscan Abbey in Ireland still standing on the footprint of its original foundation, the Franciscan fraternity continues its commitment of service from this special place.

Transitus of St Francis of Assisi

The Transitus of St Francis of Assisi, will take place place in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel on Monday, October 3 at 7:00pm.  “Transitus,” which means, ‘passing over’ marks the passing over of the founder of the Franciscan’s, St Francis of Assisi, to his eternal reward in heaven.

His health had been sharply declining, and several months earlier, he had asked to come home to Assisi. According to St. Bonaventure’s account, Francis was being nursed in the bishop’s residence in the city, but aware that his death was imminent, “he asked to be carried to St. Mary of the Portiuncula so that he might yield up the spirit of life where he had received the spirit of grace.

After exhorting and consoling his companions, “he asked that the book of the Gospels be brought and the Gospel according to John be read from the place that begins ‘Before the Feast of Passover’ (Jn 13:1). He himself, insofar as he was able, broke out with the Psalm: ‘I have cried to the Lord with my voice’ (Ps. 142). . . .At last, when all God’s mysteries were fulfilled in him, the blessed man fell asleep in the Lord.”

Bonaventure adds: “Larks are birds that love the light. . . but at the hour of the holy man’s passing, although it was twilight and night was to follow, they came in a great flock over the roof of the house and, whirling around for a long time with unusual joy, gave clear and evident testimony to the glory of the saint.”

Please join us on Monday at 7:00pm.  You can join us in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel here at the Friary, or via our webcam (see link above).

Something new!

We are frequently asked for a copy of the prayer of spiritual Communion that is used during our Mass, many of which are composed by Fr Kieran.  We have therefore added a new menu item (“Prayers”) at the top and over time, we will add more and more prayers (not limited to prayers of spiritual Communion).  Of course, we would be delighted to get your feedback and you can do this by selecting “Contact Us” on the menu bar at the top.

Order Mass Cards Online

Don’t forget that you can order Mass cards online.  Cards ordered will be sent  to you or to another address / person if you wish, in the post.  

To order cards, for any purpose, just click on the ‘Order Mass Cards’ link on the menu above.

Florian Farrelly OFM (RIP) – Recording of funeral Mass

A number of people have asked whether we have a recording of Fr Florian’s funeral Mass.  This can be viewed by clicking HERE.

(We’d like to acknowledge the assistance of churchservices.tv for making this possible)

The Flight of the Earls and Multyfarnham Friary

In September 1607 Bishop Brady died in Multyfarnham Friary. In accordance with his own wishes his body was laid to rest in the cloister, the burial place of the friars, and immediately under the door that led to into the church. The exact location of his grave, like...

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Prayer for Spiritual Communion – 27th Sunday

Lord Jesus, your words in today’s Gospel about our being mere servants, doing our duty without expectation of thanks, seems out of character in view of other relationships you mention in your teaching. We are the sheep called by name to restful waters and green...

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Latest on the history of Multyfarnham

Our local historian, Paschal, has written the latest instalment on the history of Multyfarnham. This records the the Flight of the Earls and Fr Edmund O'Mullarkey OFM. Click HERE or choose from the menu item 'History' at the top of the page.

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Participating online via our webcam

We invite you to join us via our webcam for all of our services here in the Friary church.  These include our weekday Mass with the Franciscan Community, Sunday Mass (and Vigil Mass on Saturday evening) and our very popular Novena Mass to St Anthony, which is...

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News

St Patrick’s Day 2022

On St Patrick's Day, the Abbey Church hosted RTÉ for its national broadcast of Mass for the Feast Day. This Mass was also a Golden Jubilee celebration for the Schola Cantorum of St Finian's College, Mullingar.  The Presider and main celebrant for the Mass was Bishop...

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The Flight of the Earls and Multyfarnham Friary

In September 1607 Bishop Brady died in Multyfarnham Friary. In accordance with his own wishes his body was laid to rest in the cloister, the burial place of the friars, and immediately under the door that led to into the church. The exact location of his grave, like...

The Friars Return (Following the October 1601 raid and plunder by Sir Francis Shane)

Before the end of the year 1601, the friars returned to their ancient home, now a gaunt ruin. Desolation had fallen upon the Friary of Multyfarnham. Without roof, doors, or windows, silent and lonely the wind swept through, and rain soaked the charred limestone walls....

Multyfarnham Friary and Queen Elizabeth I

Elizabeth was the daughter of Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn, who was executed when Elizabeth was 2½ years old. Elizabeth I was born on the September 7, 1533, and was Queen of England and Ireland from November 17 1558 until her death in 1603. Elizabeth...

Henry VIII and Suppression.

King Henry VIII, failing to convince the Pope to annul his marriage with Catherine of Aragon, renounced the supreme authority of the Pope in religious matters and had himself declared supreme head of the Church in England. As Henry was also Lord of Ireland, he claimed...

The Early Centuries

In the early years while the friary church was being constructed the first friars lived in a humble abode. The remoteness of the friary in those early days ensured a place that was well suited to the practice of solitude and recollection. Surrounded by marshes, water,...