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 use this vastly improved site 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 pray that your contact with us may be a real blessing and that you will find exactly what you are looking for.
Abbot Paul Stonham


Holy Week and Easter Services
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Palm Sunday
Abbot's Homily

Today we pass from light to darkness, as Christ enters Jerusalem amid cries of joyful acclamation, for soon the Hosannas will turn into shouts of Crucify, crucify. And yet we know that Christ's suffering, his Passion and Death on the Cross, will ultimately lead to the glory of the Empty Tomb, from darkness to light in the dawn of Easter.
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In Organis et Canticis

Grand Recital of Gregorian Chant and Organ Music
        Saturday 26th April at 7.30pm
                To celebrate Easter and the Canonisation of
      St John XXIII and St John Paul II
Given by the Monastic Community and Stasio Sliwka
   Entry by donation. Refreshments follow in Hedley Lodge.



Torchlight Procession
In Honour of Our Lady

Wednesday 14th May 2014
Starting at 9.00 P.M.

Preacher: Dom Brendan Thomas
Abbey Shop Open
Refreshments and Hot Drinks Available






St Begh's Parish, Whitehaven

On Friday, 21st February, Abbot Paul and Fr Matthew, Parish Priest of St Begh's, an incorporated Belmont parish, together with several priests of the Lancaster Diocese serving in Cumbria, joined with the Knights of St Columba to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Knights at St Begh's, just 5 years after they began in Glasgow. It was a truly magnificent celebration. A Mass of Thanksgiving was celebrated at St Begh's and this was followed by a gala dinner with speeches, prizes and awards at the social centre. Fr Matthew was made an honorary member of the Knights. It was particularly moving to see the widows of a good number of Knights enjoying the celebrations. We now look forward to the centenary in 2024.
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Shrove Tuesday 
On Shrove Tuesday evening, the Community entertained our fifty or so volunteers to a festal supper in the monks' refectory. We are grateful to our volunteers who work with us in the monastery shop, the retreats' department, the education and schools' visits' team and as welcomers and guides in the abbey church for open days and other special occasions.

After a delicious meal, pancake relay racing, devised by Br Bernard, took place between mixed teams of monks and volunteers, after which we relaxed over tea and coffee. It was a great evening, thoroughly enjoyed by all present, an excellent way to begin Lent in good spirits.
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Retreats

The New Retreat Programme for 2014
The  new retreat programme for 2014 is now available please click on the following links for more information or visit our retreat page.
Residential Retreat Programme 2014
Day Retreat Programme 2014


The Belmont Easter Retreat
Thursday 17th April (pm) to Monday 21st April (am).
From Maundy Thursday and Good Friday to the great celebration of Easter we pray and live the Paschal Mystery of Christ.
Led by:
Dom Brendan Thomas & Dom Alex Echeandía Loro.
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