Fr Richard Purcell is Abbot of Mount St Joseph Abbey, Roscrea. Originally from Dublin, Richard holds a BA in Music, French and Italian from UCD and he also studied voice, piano, organ and flute before joining the Cistercians at Roscrea in 1997. He completed further studies at Maynooth and Oxford before Ordination in 2005. Richard has been involved in liturgical music for over thirty years, performing, conducting and composing and is the director of the Brendan & Cronan Cluster Choir in the diocese of Killaloe. He is also a member of the Advisory Committee on Church Music of the Irish Episcopal Commission for Liturgy.