About Christine

monastic spirituality in irelandChristine Valters Paintner, PhD, OblSB, REACE is the online Abbess of Abbey of the Arts, a Benedictine oblate, and the author of 8 books on monastic spirituality and creativity, as well as a poet, photographer, spiritual director, pilgrim guide, and teacher. More about Christine>>

About John

monastic spirituality in irelandJohn Valters Paintner, MTS is the the online Prior of Abbey of the Arts, and is a fiction writer and pilgrim guide alongside of Christine.  He has a Masters in Theological Studies and brings over twenty years of experience in parish youth & young adult ministry and Catholic theological education. More about John>>

Meet the Wisdom Council

labyrinth - glendaloughAbbey of the Arts is deeply grateful to have a Wisdom Council as a gathering of support for the contemplative and creative work happening here with monastic spirituality.  Each member is wise and gifted and a long-time member of this community. More about the Wisdom Council>>

About the Abbey

Threshold at Cong AbbeyThe Abbey is a virtual monastery offering a variety of online classes, reflections, and resources which integrate contemplative spiritual practice and creative expression. More about the Abbey>>

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The Earth Monastery Project is a small grant program designed to support those who are nourishing an earth-cherishing consciousness and cultivating a vision of the earth as our primary monastery. More about the EMP>>

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