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
Christmas Mass Time
at Belmont Abbey
Vigil Mass of Christmas
(Please Note New Time)
Parish Sung Mass
Pontifical High Mass
Please pray for the repose
of the soul of
Dom David Laurence Beer,
monk of Belmont,
who died on 3rd
November 2014in his 84th year.
He was professed on 29th
and ordained to the sacred
Priesthood on 2nd July 1958.
Abbot Paul's homily for the Requiem Mass of Dom Laurence
Priestly Ordination of Dom Alex
On Saturday, 18th
October, in his native city of Chiclayo, in the Province of Lambayeque, Peru,
Dom Alex Echeandía Loro was ordained to the Sacred Priesthood by Bishop Jesús
Moliné Labarta, Bishop of Chiclayo. Fr Alex is 35 years old and has been a
member of the Community since 1998.
Ordination took place in the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Peace, attached to the
Monastery of Carmelite Nuns. About 300 people were present including the Abbot
President, Dom Richard Yeo, Fr Abbot and Fr Simon from Belmont, Fr Eduardo
Monzón Aguirre representing the Abbey of Guatapé in Colombia, Sr Cristina
Merella representing the Dominican sisters of San Sixto, four of the
Benedictine sisters of Morropón, Fr David and the community from Pachacamac,
priests and seminarians of the diocese, Br Alex's family and friends from Tambogrande,
San Lorenzo, Sechura and Chiclayo.
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Photographs of Dom Alex's Ordination
New Novice in Peru
On 15th October, at
the Monastery of the Incarnation, Pachacamac, Peru, Fr Abbot clothed Br
Ascencio Quispe Ynquillay in the habit of the English Benedictine Congregation.
So Br. Ascencio, who is 25 years old, began his novitiate, which will last two
years. Br Ascencio was born in the village of Machacca, in the Province of
Quispicanchi near Cuzco. Quechua, the language of the Incas, is his native
tongue, but he also speaks fluent Spanish.
He has been at the monastery as an
Aspirant and then a Postulant since January 2013 and will continue his monastic
formation under Dom Mario Sosa Amay, the Novice Master. We congratulate Br
Ascencio and pray for his perseverance in the monastic life as a monk of the
following appointments, to take effect on 1st January 2015, were
Matthew Carney will move from St Begh's, Whitehaven, and, following an
eight-month sabbatical studying at the University of Santa Clara, Berkeley,
California, will become Parish Priest of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, Hereford,
from 1st September 2015. During his sabbatical, the parish will be
administered from Belmont.
James Norris will move from the Merthyr Tydfil Group of Parishes to become
Parish Priest of Our Lady and St Michael, Abergavenny, with St Mary and St
Michael, Llanarth, both in Monmouthshire.
Cenydd Marrison will move from Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, Hereford, to become
Parish Priest of St Begh's, Whitehaven, Cumbria. He will retire as Dean of
Richard Simons will move from Abergavenny and Llanarth to become Administrator
of the Parish of St Begh's, Whitehaven, in the Diocese of Lancaster.
thank the brethren for the magnificent work done in the parishes they leave
behind, thank them for so willingly taking up these new appointments and pray
that their new ministries will be both happy and fruitful.
We Saw his Glory: Icons of Revelation
January 16-18 (2 days Reg Fee £26)
Exploring the rich theology and spiritual depth of the Icon, as a window onto
the mystery of God.
led by Dom Alex Echeandía Loro
Painting the Face of
Christ: Icon Workshop
Led by Dom Alex
Monday 19th to Saturday 24th
Cost £185-including board and pigments plus
offer a five day workshop, praying and painting icons, in the contemplative
calm of a Benedictine monastery. Beginners and the more experienced are
welcome. The chosen icon is Christ Pantokrator - "Ruler of All," one of
the first images of Christ developed in the early Church. Each day will begin
with a demonstration of the techniques to be used and the rest of the day is
spent painting, with support and accompaniment from Dom Alex. The designs will
be applied to the board, and the colour layers built up to complete the icon.
The tutor is Dom Alex Echeandía Loro, a Peruvian monk and iconographer, who is
currently working on a series of Icons for the Monastery of the Incarnation in
Pachacamac. Accommodation is in the Hedley Lodge Guesthouse. The cost for
five days accommodation with full board is £300 for a shared ensuite room, £350
for an ensuite single or £240 for a simple monastic-style room, non-ensuite.
for further details. It will be preceded by a general non-painting weekend for
anyone wishing to learn more about Icons:
Click here for more information