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 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.

For many years now we have given hospitality to Basilian and Studite monks from the Ukraine. This July Basilian fathers Pandeleimon Trofimov and Joseph Kralka, both studying for doctorates in Rome, are visiting us.

We also 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

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 Saturday 2nd August 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

Benedict's English Disciples
Monday 11th to Thursday 14th August
(3 days. Registration Fee £28 plus £15 transport)
Led by Dom Brendan Thomas, Abbot Paul Stonham and others.
The English disciples of Saint Benedict have helped shape the soul of our nation in both word and deed. In this retreat we look towards these men and women for guidence and inspirtaion as we seek to follow the paths of holiness and peace. This retreat will also include visits to the beautiful Tewksbury Abbey, and the Anglo Saxon Deerhurst.
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The Assumption
Friday 15th August 10.00am-4.00pm

A day of prayer and reflection on this, the greatest feast of the Virgin Mary.
Solemn Pontifical Mass with the Monastic Community at 12 noon.
Cost: £15 which includes morning coffee, 2 course lunch and afternoon tea.
Booking Essential. Telephone Father Andrew 01432 374724
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