Tributes have paid to Father Donald McGlynn OCSO, Abbot emeritus of Sancta Maria Abbey, Nunraw, in East Lothian, who died on Thursday evening. He was 86 and had been a member of the Cistercians for over 65 years.

He was from an incredible family, with two boys and five girls all dedicating their life to Christ by becoming members of religious orders.

Archbishop Cushley said: "Dom Donald was someone of a transparent goodness, after a life spent lovingly searching for God. May he now know peace in the Lord."

Dom Donald was born in the parish of Holy Cross in Glasgow, one of seven children who all dedicated their lives to the Religious life.

His elder brother Brendan, who died in 2017, was also a Cistercian while their five sisters became Franciscan Missionaries of Mary. The Requiem Mass will be held privately for the abbey community and family members.

Tributes were made on our Facebook page from our followers, including Margaret Thomson, who wrote: "A very humble and gentle man. May he rest in peace.🙏"

Gill Barbour posted: "Sad for us but not for him, who will be with our Lord. Loved staying in the old guest house and sharing prayers with these lovely monks. May you rest in peace, Dom Donald...thank you for all you gave us in this world."

 

Read an interview with the late Don Donald McGlynn here.