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100th Birthday Video Request

Dearest dancing monks,

On June 23rd and 24th John and I each turn 50 years old! It marks the official end of our Jubilee sabbatical year. This year has been a tremendous gift for us and we will be sharing more in the coming weeks about some of what we discovered.

We were planning to have a combined 100th birthday party in Galway to celebrate, but due to the pandemic, we sadly had to cancel our celebrations.

So we are coming to you, our beloved community with a request for a birthday present:

Would you consider creating a short (15-20 second video) of yourself?


Start by saying your name, “I am a dancing monk,” and where you live

(e.g. – “Hello, I am Christine and I am a dancing monk living in Galway, Ireland”)

Then offer in just 1-2 sentences something you love about Abbey of the Arts.

(e.g. – “What I love about Abbey of the Arts is . . . “)

Technical advice:

  1. Film yourself horizontally (landscape, not portrait)
  2. Stand or sit in the middle of the screen
  3. Stay close to the video camera (can be on your phone) so that sound quality is best
  4. Make sure there is more light in front of you than behind. (Natural outdoor lighting is good.)

Send the Video by June 15th

Please send your video by email to: by June 15, 2020 with the subject line “Abbey Birthday Video Submission.” If the video file is too big to attach, please try to send in a Dropbox file.

Include whether you give consent 

We would love to create a short video editing together several of the clips to share with others some of what folks love about being a part of this community. We may not be able to include all of them (will depend on number of videos and sound quality), but we will savor each one that comes in regardless! Be sure to indicate in the body of the email whether you do or do not consent to being in the final video (which will be public on our website). Please indicate that when you send in your video clip. We welcome your submissions either way!

Thank you so much for helping us to celebrate!

Love and blessings,

Christine & John 

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