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 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.

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


Holy Week and Easter

Palm Sunday March 29th
8.30am Parish Mass
10.00am Conventual Mass with Children's Liturgy

Maundy Thursday April 2nd
7.00pm Mass of the Last Supper

Good Friday April 3rd
11.00am Stations of the Cross

3.00pm Liturgy of the Passion
2.45pm Children's activities in the Kemble Room

Holy Saturday April 4th
9.00pm Easter Vigil Mass

Easter Sunday April 5th
8.30am Parish Mass
9.30am Parish Mass with Children's Liturgy
11.00am Conventual Mass


Community News

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 and observances.
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 Primavesi
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


Forthcoming Events

A Concert of Gregorian Chant and Organ Music for Easter
This will take place on Saturday, 11th April, at 7.30pm featuring Stasio Sliwka and the monastic community.


Belmont 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.

Retreats

Retreat Programme for 2015
Please click on the following links for more information or visit our retreat page.
Residential Retreat Programme 2015
Day Retreat Programme 2015

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.