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
Feast of Christ the King
of the Blessed Sacrament will take place in the Abbey Church from 1pm to
invited to come at any time for prayer and adoration.
December - Third Sunday in Advent
of the Year of Mercy and Opening of the Holy Door of Mercy
take place during the 9.30am Conventual Mass.
Abbey has been designated a Pilgrimage Church
Archdiocese of Cardiff.
invited to participate.
January - Transferred Solemnity of the Epiphany
traditional celebration of the Epiphany with Carols and Latin Chants,
Prayers, followed by seasonal refreshments will begin at 3pm.
Mass in the Extraordinary Rite at Belmont
As from the First Week in Advent, the weekly Mass in the Extraordinary
Rite will be celebrated on Wednesday evenings at 7pm, beginning on 2nd December.
The Mass is celebrated By Dom Joseph Parkinson in St Joseph's Chapel.
On Christmas Day, Mass in the Extraordinary Rite will be celebrated at
All are welcome.
Abbot's Homily for the Solemnity of Saint Michael and All Angels
tell you solemnly, you will see heaven laid open and, above the Son of Man, the
angels of God ascending and descending."
The first Christian monks believed that this word of Jesus to Nathanael
was as much the basis of their vocation as the texts from the Acts of the
Apostles describing the life of the first Christian community in Jerusalem. So
together with the terms Apostolic Life and Coenobitic Life, the early monks and
nuns used the term Angelic Life to describe the wonderful way to which the Lord
had called them to live. So the Belmont Community, that has the privilege of
living under the protection of St Michael and All Angels, is a community not
just of apostles and coenobites: we are angels, for that is what God has called
us to be like, a choir of angels. And the longer you live in the community and
get to know the brethren, the more you come to realise how true that is.
Click here to read more of the abbot's homily
Abbot's Homily for the Feast of All Saints 2015
I was surprised last week to be
told by a Greek Orthodox friend living in this country that his church was
organising a Halloween party for parishioners. "What's the world coming to?" I
said, "the Orthodox and all Byzantine Christians celebrate the feast of All
Saints on the Sunday after Pentecost as laid down by St John Chrysostom in 4th
Century." I wonder what he would make of people dressed up as witches and
ghosts, the fireworks and the millions of pumpkins wasted throughout the world for
last night's partying. Rather like Christmas and Easter, yet another Christian
feast, or in this case vigil, has been sacrificed on the altar of modern global
consumerism. My Greek friend said, "But, Father, it's all good clean fun." What
do you think? I can imagine St John Chrysostom upbraiding us today, as he did
the wife of the Emperor Arcadius, for acquiescing in the comfort of total
indifference as we allow the world to take over our feasts and celebrations.
Click here to read the rest of the abbot's homily
Solemn Profession of Dom Patrick Lobo
Today the 8thSeptember 2015, Feast of the Nativity of
Our Lady, Dom Patrick Lobo made his Solemn Profession as a monk of
Belmont. The Rite of Profession took place during the Conventual Mass in the Abbey Church surrounded by members of his family, friends from Rome and members of the monastic community. Br. Patrick, who was born in Kenya of
Goan parents, began his monastic formation six years' ago and is at present
studying for the Priesthood at the Beda College in Rome. We ask you to pray for
Read the abbot's homily
Photographs of the ceremony
New Novice and New Parish Priest
New Novice at Belmont
On 13th August, Mr Gavin Hibbs, who has been a
postulant since December 2014, entered the Noviciate. He was clothed in the
habit of the English Benedictine Congregation by Abbot Paul and given the name
Br Giles. So he has as his patron the fascinating Greek hermit who eventually
founded and became abbot of a Benedictine monastery in France. Br. Giles, who
comes originally from Cardiff, studied the organ at the Geneva Conservatory and
spent many years teaching with the British Council in the Far and Middle East,
as well as in North Africa. We pray for his perseverance and happiness in the
New Parish Priest at Our Lady‘s, Hereford
Fr Matthew Carney has taken over as Parish Priest of Our
Lady's Queen of Martyrs, Hereford, in succession to Fr Cenydd Marrison, now at
Whitehaven together with Fr Richard Simons. In the 8 eight months since Fr
Cenydd moved north and while Fr Matthew was on a sabbatical, studying at the
University of Santa Clara, Berkeley, California, the parish has been looked
after by Abbot Paul and Fr Andrew Berry with occasional help from Fr Joseph
Parkinson and Fr Jonathan Rollinson. We wish Fr Matthew a happy and fruitful
ministry at Our Lady's.
English Benedictine Congregation Forum and Extraordinary General Chapter 2015
It was decided at the 2013 General Chapter, held at Belmont,
to hold a Forum of the younger members of the Congregation in 2015 together
with an Extraordinary General Chapter to follow. The Forum was to discuss the
ideas and hopes of young monks and nuns regarding our monastic life in the
present and in the future, our work and our prayer. These ideas were then to be
shared with Chapter members and eventually responded to by the Chapter with the
intention of bringing new life and vision into each monastery of the
Belmont, being one of the larger houses and one with a
steady flow, or trickle perhaps, of vocations, was represented at the Forum by
Dom Cenydd Marrison and Dom Richard Simons, both working at St Begh's Parish,
Whitehaven, Cumbria, Dom Andrew Berry and Dom Jonathan Rollinson, both resident
in the monastery, and Dom Alex Echeandía and Dom José Luis Sánchez, from the
Monastery of the Incarnation, Peru. Abbot Paul and Dom Brendan Thomas are
members of General Chapter.