Dom Michael Ryan – New Father Immediately of Mount Mellary

Mount Melleray website

October 12, 2020 8:27 am


The Conventual Chapter of Mount Melleray Abbey responded to the efforts of the General Chapter of 2017 to arrange the Paternity of Communities, whose traditional Paternity line had been altered, by requesting to be a Daughter House of Bolton Abbey.

The 2017 Chapter had assigned Mount Melleray to the Abbey of Val Notre Dame. In addition to the Abbot of Val Notre Dame’s Regular Visitation, other meetings between the Communities were arranged.

The Conventual Chapter of Val Notre Dame concluded that their fragility did not allow them to accept the responsibility of a geographically distant Community of another culture.

Upon the request of Mount Melleray Abbey, the Conventual Chapter of Bolton Abbey accepted the responsibility of being the Mother House of Mount Melleray Abbey, and so Dom Michael is the Father Immediate.

Since the relationship of Mother House to Daughter House is foundational to the Order, rather than delaying until the next General Chapter to finalize this relation, the Abbot General and his Council acting in the name of the General Chapter (C. 82.2) approved the change that the Paternity of Mount Melleray Abbey is now the responsibility of Bolton Abbey.

The effective date of the change is 28 September 2020.



In accordance with the Charter of Charity, Cistercian communities are autonomous but united in a communion implemented by the institutions of the Father Immediate, the Regular Visitation, and the General Chapter. The Father Immediate is the abbot of another monastery, whose responsibilities include a formal visit to the community every two years. The purpose of this “Regular Visitation” is to strengthen and supplement the pastoral action of the local superior, to correct where necessary, and to renew the nuns’ or monks’ spiritual fervor.


Abbot Michael Ryan
Father Immediate of Mount Mellary Abbey
Bolton Abbey.
Co. Kildale.

My Dear Abbot Michael,

I have been informed you you are now the Father Immediately of Mount Mellary. I wish you well inp your new Paternal role.

The Abbot General may have told you about my communications and telephone call with him with regard Dom Richard Purcell, Abbot of Mount Mellary?

However  as Father Immediate, I now wish to formally ask you to investigate allegations of sexual misbehaviour by Richard Purcell.

1. The allegation, told to me by the Abbot General himself, of Richard Purcell’s sexual misbehaviour with xxxxx xxxxx the former priest of Killaloe diocese who was in Roscrea to consider monastic life.

2. The allegation that Richard Purcell has attended the Boiler House gay sauna in Dublin to have anonymous sex with men, including a former seminarian.

3. The allegation that Richard Purcell is sexually involved with other priests including monks of Glenstal and the Dominican order.

4. The allegation that Richard Purcell organised a gay orgy within the environs of Mount Mellary

I have been a lifetime admirer of the Cistercian order and was a regular visitor to Mellifont Abbey.

For me  the is typified by prayer, reflection, silence, sparseness, spirituality and self control.

I am horried at the above allegations which are typified by scandal, self-indulgdnce, cynicism and a total disregard not only for Christian teaching, but a total disregard for the 900 years of monks striving for holiness.

Father Abbot, please investigate fearlessly and restore the reputation of Mount Mellary.

Sincerely yours

+ Pat Buckley
The Oratory Society.



Abbot General

It is over a month since I communications with the Cistercian Abbot General about the sexual activities of Abbot Richard Purcell.


The fall back approach in the Church with regard sexual complaints is that the accused step aside while the investigation is ongoing.

In the case Abbot Purcell,he is still fully in office and behaving as if nothing had happened!

If Richard Purcell was the manager of a business and it emerged that he used the premises to have sex with a fellow worker – as happened in Roscrea Abbey he would have immediately dismissed for “gross misconduct”.

But in the RCC, which PREACHES from the rooftop about justice, such behaviour is still BRUSHED UNDER THE CARPET!

And the highed your rank the more dust is brushed under an even bigger carpet.

See the Cardinal McCarrick case.

McCarrick and victim

We have been sold the story that monasteries are the epitome of love, truth justice right behaviour, respect etc.

But that was a GREAT BIG LIE!

We are once again seeing that the RCC monasteries are as corrupt as they were in the middle ages – places of money grabbibg, debauchery and materialism.

Mount Mellary is in the diocese of Waterford where Phonsie Cullinan is bishop.


I wrote to him about Purcell – who seems to be his best made.

Not even an acknowledgement.

But Phonsie hypocritically lectures the Irish people about vacine cancers for young girls, the evils of same sex and marriage etc.

But he tplerates and protects a monastic debaucherer in his own diocese. He even uses the monastery for his Waterford Catholic Family Days.

Bareback Purcell and Phonsie

Phonsie we always knew you were a Opus Dei hypocrite.

And now you are proving us right.

Hang your head in shame Phonsie Cullinan!

Your patron saint Alphonsus Lugori must be turning in his grave.



Meanwhile in Meath Deenihan & Co are trying to pull off their own cover up.

I’m told that Tabernacle Kirby has been secretly brought back to the monastery during the night and is to serve, temporarily an an ordinary monk!

What about the sexual complaints?

What about the missing millions?

Meanwhile they whistle blowing monk is sent into exile and they are trying to blacken his reputation with false allegations of mental health issues and financial impropriety.

The RCC acts under pressure, when it comes to safeguarding issues.

But on everything else it is 1700 years of business as usual.

And because the RCC is part of this world’s establishment the other parts of the establishment leaves them alone.

Jesus did tell us who was the Prince of this world was and always would be.

I wrote this blog early yesterday afternoon. I then celebrated Mass at 5.30 pm and was struck by the relevance of the readings to today’s topic.

First reading
Galatians 5:18-25
To belong to Christ, crucify all self-indulgence

If you are led by the Spirit, no law can touch you. When self-indulgence is at work the results are obvious: fornication, gross indecency and sexual irresponsibility; idolatry and sorcery; feuds and wrangling, jealousy, bad temper and quarrels; disagreements, factions, envy; drunkenness, orgies and similar things. I warn you now, as I warned you before: those who behave like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. What the Spirit brings is very different: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness and self-control. There can be no law against things like that, of course. You cannot belong to Christ Jesus unless you crucify all self-indulgent passions and desires.
    Since the Spirit is our life, let us be directed by the Spirit.

Luke 11:42-46
You overlook justice and the love of God

The Lord said to the Pharisees: ‘Alas for you Pharisees! You who pay your tithe of mint and rue and all sorts of garden herbs and overlook justice and the love of God! These you should have practised, without leaving the others undone. Alas for you Pharisees who like taking the seats of honour in the synagogues and being greeted obsequiously in the market squares! Alas for you, because you are like the unmarked tombs that men walk on without knowing it!
    A lawyer then spoke up. ‘Master,’ he said ‘when you speak like this you insult us too.’
    ‘Alas for you lawyers also,’ he replied ‘because you load on men burdens that are unendurable, burdens that you yourselves do not move a finger to lift.’

Did Abbot Purcell read those readings at Mass yesterday?

Did he agree with them?

How does he reconcile his lifestyle with them?