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


Abbot's Homily for the Latin Mass Society Pilgrimage to Holywell in honour of St Winifred July 6th 2014
Gogoniant i'r Tad, ac i'r Mab, ac i'r Ysbryd Glân. Amen.

What a wonderful occasion this is and how blessed we are to be at this Mass and Pilgrimage today. We are following in the footsteps of countless pilgrims who have been drawn to Holywell by the eternal memory of St. Winifred, her powerful intercession and undying desire to heal in body, soul and spirit all who with humility and faith come to this sacred place that commemorates her holy life and glorious martyrdom.
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News

Ordination to the Diaconate of Dom Jonathan Rollinson

On 15th July in the Abbey Church, the Archbishop of Cardiff, the Most Reverend George Stack, ordained Dom Jonathan Rolllinson to the Diaconate. Br Jonathan has just concluded his theological studies in Rome and has returned to Belmont. We pray for Br. Jonathan as he begins his ministry and for more vocations to the diaconate, priesthood and religious life.
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Archbishop George's homily

The Blessing of the Icon of Pantocrator of Belmont
On Saturday 26th July, in a ceremony attended by parishoners and retreatants, Fr Brendan blessed the icon of Christ Pantocrator of Belmont
. The icon, which was completed by Br Alex, depicts Christ as Pantocrator, a common image in the Eastern Orthodox Church, and shows Our Saviour seated in majesty as the 'All Powerful Ruler and Sustainer of the World.' The icon will have a place of honour in the Kemble Room, where Belmont retreats take place.
The Blessing and Hallowing of Icons
Photos of the Blessing Ceremony
Information on Christ Pantocrator

Talk given by Dom Alex at the Blessing ceremony

Summer Visitors

It has always been the custom at Belmont to welcome religious guests over the Summer period, especially monks studying together with our own brethren. We have the pleasure of welcoming Fr Paul Kolie from Guinee Conakry, who is a monk of Keur Moussa Abbey, Senegal. He is studying Monastic Theology at Sant'Anselmo and is a friend of our Br Jonathan.

In September we will have the Prior of the Studite monastery of Univ in the Ukraine, Fr Makariy Dutka, staying with us for a month.There also appear to be countless other visitors, which reminds us of what St Benedict has to say about the reception of guests in the Holy Rule: guests should never be missing in a monastery.

Forthcoming Events

Hereford Sixth Form College Choir
Academia Musica

The Choir will be doing four practice sessions at Belmont, followed by Evening Prayer, on the following Wednesdays: 3rd September, 10th September, 24th September and 22nd October 2014. Practices begin at 3pm and Evensong at 5pm. All are welcome to listen, especially to the celebrations of Evening Prayer. The Choir has become famous for the quality of its singing and has issued several CDs. It leads services and gives concerts all over the country and abroad.

This year the Choir will be celebrating the Advent Service of Nine Carols and Nine Lessons together with the Monastic Community at Belmont on Saturday, 13th December at 7.30pm. All are welcome.


Belmont Abbey Open Day
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 Thursday 11th September starting at 10.00 a.m. Please click here for further details.


Retreats

Retreat Programme for 2014
Please click on the following links for more information or visit our retreat page.
Residential Retreat Programme 2014
Day Retreat Programme 2014

Mysteries Of Grace
Saturday 4th October 10.00am-4.00pm
Led by Dom Andrew Berry

In October, the month of the Holy Rosary, we offer a day of prayer and reflection on the mysteries of our redemption. The day will include the celebration of Mass. For lunch please bring sandwiches. Tea and coffee provided. Suggested offering £8. All are most welcome.

Chagall's Bible
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd November
Cost £26 plus meals and accommodation.

Led by Dom Brendan Thomas

"I do not see the bible I dreamed it" wrote Marc Chagall. On this weekend we will reflect on Chagell's great spiritual vision inspired by scripture and a deep faith. What can we learn from a man who, of all artists, is a favourite of Pope Francis, what can we learn as we look out on the world with our eyes of faith? Can we celebrate life with that same humour and joy, and fill it with that same love that infused his paintings?
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Christmas at Belmont
Unfortunately we have had to cancel Christmas at Belmont for 2014. However, we hope to be able to run this retreat again for Christmas 2015.