Bishop Treanor welcomes election of Fr Gregory Collins OSB as Abbot of Dormition Abbey in Jerusalem

26 Jul 2011


26 July 2011

Bishop Noel Treanor welcomes the election of Father Gregory Collins OSB
as Abbot of Dormition Abbey in Jerusalem

Following the announcement today that Fr Gregory Collins OSB has been elected as Abbot of Dormition Abbey in
Jerusalem, Bishop Noel Treanor, Bishop of Down and Connor issued the following statement:

“I warmly welcome the election of Fr Gregory Collins OSB as the sixth Abbot of Dormition Abbey in Jerusalem. I send him my congratulations and those of the people of Belfast, the city he was born in.

“I send him my good wishes and blessings as he takes up his appointment in Jerusalem – the sacred land in which Our Lord walked during his time on earth.”


Notes to Editors:

  • Gregory Collins was born in Belfast in 1960. He studied at Queen’s University Belfast, gaining a doctorate in Byzantine Studies in 1991. He made Solemn Profession at Glenstal Abbey in 1994. Following ordination as priest in 1995, he studied Depth Psychology at the Jung Institute in Zurich. Between 1998 and 2002 Father Gregory was Headmaster of Glenstal Abbey School, after which he spent six years teaching Orthodox Theology and the History of Theology at the Benedictine university of Sant’ Anselmo in Rome. Since returning to Glenstal, Father Gregory has had a varied ministry of writing and preaching retreats. Among his publications are The Glenstal Book of Icons (Dublin: Columba Press, 2002) and Meeting Christ in His Mysteries: A Benedictine Vision of the Spiritual Life (Dublin: Columba Press, 2011)
  • Abbot Gregory will depart for Jerusalem in early August.
  • Website of Dormition Abbey:
  • Information and interview requests for Abbot Gregory please contact: Br Martin Browne OSB, Glenstal Abbey Tel: 061-621095  [email protected]

Further information:
Catholic Communications Office Maynooth: Brenda Drumm 00353 (0) 87 310 4444