Monk’s new role

Dom Martin cho­sen as Prinknash ab­bot

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He added: “I got to know the monks at Plus­car­den Abbey when I was a teenager – and felt that what­ever ef­fect life was hav­ing on the char­ac­ter of th­ese men, it made them very at­trac­tive char­ac­ters.

“I didn’t know much about the life of monks but thought what­ever this was must be worth do­ing. I spoke to one of the monks who ad­vised me to come to this monastery; I’ve been here 33 years and haven’t looked back.”

Dom Martin will be of­fi­cially anointed in his role as the sixth ab­bot of Prinknash Abbey in three weeks’ time, with his sib­lings and ex­tended fam­ily all plan­ning to travel to the cel­e­bra­tion.

He added: “The Bishop of Clifton will give me the sym­bols of the ab­bot, which are a ring, mitre and staff.

“It will be a happy cel­e­bra­tion and will be very nice to have all the fam­ily com­ing down for that.”

Dom Martin moved to Coat­bridge from Belfast at the age of seven with par­ents John and Mar­garet; he is one of 10 sib­lings, one of whom sadly passed away last year.

His sister, Ber­nadette Morgan, told the Ad­ver­tiser: “We’re all as proud as punch that he’s been elected to the high­est honour at Prinknash; and I think he’s done very well for an or­di­nary boy from an or­di­nary fam­ily.

“We grew up in Town­head, and three of us are still in Coat­bridge. It was when he was liv­ing in El­gin, af­ter leav­ing St Am­brose High, that Martin met the monks there and thought that was what he wanted to do and made it his call­ing. All the fam­ily will be go­ing down to the bless­ing, trav­el­ling from all over, and it will be a lovely oc­ca­sion.”

Long-serv­ing Dom Martin, cen­tre, will lead the abbey com­mu­nity

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