to the Belmont Abbey website.
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.
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.
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
Abbot Paul Stonham
Jubilee of Ordination
July Abbot Jerome Hodkinson and Dom Stephen Holdsworth celebrate the Diamond
Jubilee of their Ordination to the Sacred Priesthood. They were ordained
together at Belmont on 3rd July 1955 by Archbishop Michael McGrath
Jerome taught in the School (mostly English), became Prior and Bursar and then,
on the death of Abbot Robert Richardson, Abbot of Belmont in November 1970. He
retired as abbot in 1986 and served for a time as Parish Priest of Belmont and
then of Bromyard. He now in his 87th year and lives in the Infirmary
at Belmont. Dom Stephen taught at Belmont, Alderwasley and Llanarth, served as
Parish Priest at Abergavenny, Swansea, Hereford and Weobley and has been Chaplain
to the English Benedictine nuns both at Stanbrook and at Colwich. He is in his
July a Mass of Thanksgiving was celebrated by Fr Stephen at Colwich Abbey,
attended by his family and friends. He was assisted by Abbot Paul, who preached,
and Dom Brendan. Fr Jerome will be celebrating quietly on 3rd July.
congratulate them both and pray for their good health and happiness.
Abbot's Homily for Corpus Christi.
"When we eat this bread and drink this cup, we
proclaim your death, O Lord, until you come again." We often proclaim these
words, based on First Corinthians, at the Elevation of the Mass, when we adore
the Real Presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament and so recognise our Risen
Lord in the Breaking of Bread. From the very beginnings of the Church in the
Upper Room, where Jesus celebrated the Last Supper with his disciples, and in
the Cenacle, where, together with Our Lady, they received the gift of the Holy
Spirit, Christians have believed without doubting in the word spoken by the
Lord and in its power to bring about what it says, just as "in the beginning"
God had said, "Let there be light", and there was light.
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Abbot's Homily for Pentecost
We have just heard two accounts of the
coming of the Holy Spirit. According to John, it was Jesus himself, the risen
Christ, who on the evening of Easter appeared in the room, where ten of the
Twelve were gathered, and breathed on them saying, "Receive the Holy Spirit."
Through the Spirit's presence in their lives they will share in Christ's
passion and death, bring his peace to the world and have power over sin. Just as
God's creative breath gave life at the beginning of creation, so now, in the
fullness of time, the Word made flesh gives new life to those who are born of
water and the Spirit. 'Of his fullness we have all received, grace in return
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Abbot's Homily for the Feast of the Ascension
Since Easter Sunday we have been
celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus our Lord, reading the wonderful Gospel
narratives, singing those glorious Easter hymns and meditating on the
tremendous mysteries of our faith. So many images of our Risen Lord come to
mind when we think of the Resurrection: the empty Tomb, the women and the
angels, Mary Magdalene, who took him for the gardener, Cleopas and his
companion, who failed to recognise Jesus on the road to Emmaus until he entered
into their home and broke bread for them, the disciples in the upper room and
the meeting with Thomas a week later (Blessed are those who have not seen and
yet believe), the encounter on the shores of the Lake Galilee (Do you love me
more than these?) and, then, reading the rest of the Gospel in the light of the
Resurrection and beginning to see what it all means. What a forty days it has
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Priestly Ordination of Dom Jonathan Rollinson
On Thursday, 12th March, Dom Jonathan Rollinson
was ordained to the Sacred Priesthood at Belmont by Bishop Michael Campbell,
O.S.A., of Lancaster. The Mass, which was both prayerful and moving, was
attended by a large congregation coming from the many areas of Belmont life:
the monastic community, oblates, parishes and chaplaincies, as well as by
members of Fr Jonathan's family and many friends. A second bishop was present
in the person of Dom Mark Jabalé, as well as many priests from a number of
dioceses in England and Wales. The monastic schola led the singing, both in
Latin and in English, and the organist was Br Gavin Hibbs. After the
Ordination, Fr Jonathan gave his First Blessing and a most enjoyable Reception
was held at Hedley Lodge.
Profession of Br José Luis Sánchez Espinoza
José Luis Sánchez Espinoza made his First Profession as a monk of the Monastery
of the Incarnation during the Conventual Mass celebrated by Fr Abbot on the
Solemnity of St Benedict, 21st March 2015. Br José Luis is 31 years' old and
comes from the northern Andean province of Cajamarca. He recently spent 5
months of his noviciate at Belmont, so is well known to the Belmont Community,
its oblates and neighbours.
José Luis is photographed together with the monastic community.
two Peruvian Oblate Novices
the Patronal Feast of the Monastery of the Incarnation, 25th March 2015, our
first two Peruvian candidates became Oblate novices during the Conventual Mass
celebrated by Fr Abbot. Sra Marlene Ching and Sr José Merino will make their
noviciate under the new Oblate Master, Fr Alex Echeandía. There are several other lay people who have expressed an interest
in becoming oblates, thus associating themselves more closely to the monastery
and its spiritual life.
Abbey Open Days
Throughout the year the Monastic Community at Belmont hosts a series of open
days where visitors can visit our beautiful Abbey Church, have a free guided
tour and learn about our rich history and what it is like to live and work in
this place. The next open day will be on Monday 31st August starting
at 10.00 a.m.
Please click here for further details.