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
Holy Week and Easter
Sunday March 29th
Conventual Mass with Children's Liturgy
Thursday April 2nd
Mass of the Last Supper
Friday April 3rd
Stations of the Cross
Liturgy of the Passion
Children's activities in the Kemble Room
Saturday April 4th
Easter Vigil Mass
Sunday April 5th
Parish Mass with Children's Liturgy
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.
Abbot's Homily for Ash Wednesday 2015
"For our sake God made the sinless one into sin, so
that in him we might become the goodness, the righteousness of God." We have
just heard these remarkable words from St Paul's Second Letter to the
Corinthians, words we must take to heart because they reveal the deepest
meaning of Lent. There's a real danger of trivializing Lent with our penances
To read more of the abbot's homily click here
Abbot's Homily given at Llandaff Cathedral 8th February 2015
What a wonderful evening this is and such a historic
occasion: we thank the Dean and Chapter for the generous invitation to
celebrate Mass in this Cathedral Church, dedicated to Saints Peter and Paul,
Dyfrig, Teilo and Euddogyw. Christians have been worshipping on this spot since
the first church was built here in the middle of 6th Century, though
this building was not begun until after the Norman Conquest of South Wales,
when our small Celtic churches were replaced by larger ones in the Romanesque
style which was brought in from England and the Continent.
Click here to read the rest of the homily
First Profession of Br Augustine
At the Conventual Mass on 2nd
February, the Feast of Candlemas, Br Augustine Primavesi made his First
Profession as a monk of Belmont. Br Augustine, who is 27 years old, comes from
Abergavenny and was an active member of the Parish of Our Lady and St Michael
before coming to Belmont to try his vocation. In this he was encouraged and supported
by Dom Thomas Regan, a former parish priest, and by his parents and sister. Br
Augustine, whose baptismal name is Leo, was given the name Augustine at his
clothing as a novice in honour of Dom Augustine Baker, that famous Benedictine
son of Abergavenny and great father of the spiritual tradition of the English
Benedictine Congregation. We pray for Br Augustine at this important step in
his monastic life and ask God to grant him the gift and blessing of
perseverance in the monastic life.
Click here to read the Abbot's Homily
Concert of Gregorian Chant and Organ Music for Easter
will take place on Saturday, 11th April, at 7.30pm featuring Stasio
Sliwka and the monastic community.
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 Bank Holiday Monday 26th May starting
at 10.00 a.m.
Please click here for further details.
On Being A Christian
Wednesdays In Lent
This year our Wednesday Lenten talks use the writings and example of our recent popes to reflect on what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ in our contemporary society. The day will include a simple soup lunch in keeping with the season.
Click here for further details.