Welcome to the Belmont Abbey website.
On behalf of the monks of the Abbey of St Michael and All Angels, Belmont, Hereford, England, I invite you to use and enjoy our website and so get to know more about our life and work as a Benedictine Community, members of the English Benedictine Congregation and part of the Roman Catholic Church.

Belmont is a place of great beauty with a fascinating history, a magnificent church and attractive gardens. Today it is a thriving, hardworking Community following the Rule of St Benedict and committed to sharing its rich spiritual and liturgical life with others, both at Belmont, in our foundation in Peru and in the many parishes and chaplaincies for which we are responsible.

You can discover all this through the website or you can visit us and see for yourselves. I hope that your contact with us will be a real blessing and pray that God, in his infinite goodness and loving mercy, will bless you and your loved ones.

Abbot Paul Stonham

Forthcoming Events

Sunday 22nd November
Feast of Christ the King

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will take place in the Abbey Church from 1pm to 6pm. 

You are invited to come at any time for prayer and adoration.

Sunday 13th December - Third Sunday in Advent

 Inauguration of the Year of Mercy and Opening of the Holy Door of Mercy

This will take place during the 9.30am Conventual Mass.
Belmont Abbey has been designated a Pilgrimage Church
for the Archdiocese of Cardiff.

All are invited to participate.

Sunday 3rd January - Transferred Solemnity of the Epiphany
Walking with Kings

This traditional celebration of the Epiphany with Carols and Latin Chants,
Readings and Prayers, followed by seasonal refreshments will begin at 3pm.
All are welcome.

Mass in the Extraordinary Rite at Belmont

As from the First Week in Advent, the weekly Mass in the Extraordinary Rite will be celebrated on Wednesday evenings at 7pm, beginning on 2nd December. The Mass is celebrated By Dom Joseph Parkinson in St Joseph's Chapel.

On Christmas Day, Mass in the Extraordinary Rite will be celebrated at 7am.

All are welcome.

Community News

Abbot's Homily for the Solemnity of Saint Michael and All Angels

"I tell you solemnly, you will see heaven laid open and, above the Son of Man, the angels of God ascending and descending."

The first Christian monks believed that this word of Jesus to Nathanael was as much the basis of their vocation as the texts from the Acts of the Apostles describing the life of the first Christian community in Jerusalem. So together with the terms Apostolic Life and Coenobitic Life, the early monks and nuns used the term Angelic Life to describe the wonderful way to which the Lord had called them to live. So the Belmont Community, that has the privilege of living under the protection of St Michael and All Angels, is a community not just of apostles and coenobites: we are angels, for that is what God has called us to be like, a choir of angels. And the longer you live in the community and get to know the brethren, the more you come to realise how true that is.
Click here to read more of the abbot's homily

Abbot's Homily for the Feast of All Saints 2015

I was surprised last week to be told by a Greek Orthodox friend living in this country that his church was organising a Halloween party for parishioners. "What's the world coming to?" I said, "the Orthodox and all Byzantine Christians celebrate the feast of All Saints on the Sunday after Pentecost as laid down by St John Chrysostom in 4th Century." I wonder what he would make of people dressed up as witches and ghosts, the fireworks and the millions of pumpkins wasted throughout the world for last night's partying. Rather like Christmas and Easter, yet another Christian feast, or in this case vigil, has been sacrificed on the altar of modern global consumerism. My Greek friend said, "But, Father, it's all good clean fun." What do you think? I can imagine St John Chrysostom upbraiding us today, as he did the wife of the Emperor Arcadius, for acquiescing in the comfort of total indifference as we allow the world to take over our feasts and celebrations.

Click here to read the rest of the abbot's homily

Solemn Profession of Dom Patrick Lobo

Today the 8thSeptember 2015, Feast of the Nativity of Our Lady, Dom Patrick Lobo made his Solemn Profession as a monk of Belmont. The Rite of Profession took place during the Conventual Mass in the Abbey Church surrounded by members of his family, friends from Rome and members of the monastic community. Br. Patrick, who was born in Kenya of Goan parents, began his monastic formation six years' ago and is at present studying for the Priesthood at the Beda College in Rome. We ask you to pray for Dom Patrick.
Read the abbot's homily
Photographs of the ceremony

New Novice and New Parish Priest

New Novice at Belmont

On 13th August, Mr Gavin Hibbs, who has been a postulant since December 2014, entered the Noviciate. He was clothed in the habit of the English Benedictine Congregation by Abbot Paul and given the name Br Giles. So he has as his patron the fascinating Greek hermit who eventually founded and became abbot of a Benedictine monastery in France. Br. Giles, who comes originally from Cardiff, studied the organ at the Geneva Conservatory and spent many years teaching with the British Council in the Far and Middle East, as well as in North Africa. We pray for his perseverance and happiness in the monastic life.

New Parish Priest at Our Lady‘s, Hereford

Fr Matthew Carney has taken over as Parish Priest of Our Lady's Queen of Martyrs, Hereford, in succession to Fr Cenydd Marrison, now at Whitehaven together with Fr Richard Simons. In the 8 eight months since Fr Cenydd moved north and while Fr Matthew was on a sabbatical, studying at the University of Santa Clara, Berkeley, California, the parish has been looked after by Abbot Paul and Fr Andrew Berry with occasional help from Fr Joseph Parkinson and Fr Jonathan Rollinson. We wish Fr Matthew a happy and fruitful ministry at Our Lady's.

English Benedictine Congregation Forum and Extraordinary General Chapter 2015

It was decided at the 2013 General Chapter, held at Belmont, to hold a Forum of the younger members of the Congregation in 2015 together with an Extraordinary General Chapter to follow. The Forum was to discuss the ideas and hopes of young monks and nuns regarding our monastic life in the present and in the future, our work and our prayer. These ideas were then to be shared with Chapter members and eventually responded to by the Chapter with the intention of bringing new life and vision into each monastery of the Congregation.

Belmont, being one of the larger houses and one with a steady flow, or trickle perhaps, of vocations, was represented at the Forum by Dom Cenydd Marrison and Dom Richard Simons, both working at St Begh's Parish, Whitehaven, Cumbria, Dom Andrew Berry and Dom Jonathan Rollinson, both resident in the monastery, and Dom Alex Echeandía and Dom José Luis Sánchez, from the Monastery of the Incarnation, Peru. Abbot Paul and Dom Brendan Thomas are members of General Chapter.

The Forum was held at Buckfast Abbey in Devon from 21st to 25th July, followed by Chapter from 26th to 29th. The last two days of the Forum were shared with members of the Chapter. All the discussions were positive and encouraging and shortly more news will be available of these.

Photographs showing Forum members and Chapter members, the Forum in progress and the daily Mass.
A Precis of the Forum and Extraordinary Chapter


Retreat Programme for 2016

Please click on the following links for more information or visit our retreat page.

Residential and Day Retreat Programme 2016

Day Events

Icon Retreats and Workshops