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 this vastly improved site 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 pray that your contact with us may be a real blessing and that you will find exactly what you are looking for.
Abbot Paul Stonham

Christus Vincit, Christus Regnat, Christus Imperat.

Father Abbot and the Belmont monastic community wish you and your loved ones a very happy and holy Easter. May the blessings of the Risen Lord Jesus be with you on this joyous day.

Abbot's Easter Homilies

Easter Sunday 2014
Abbot's Homily
"They have taken the Lord out of the tomb and we don't know where they have put him." These are the words addressed by Mary of Magdala to "Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved," in St John's account of the discovery of the empty tomb that first Easter morning. The details in John's version of the Resurrection are fascinating. To begin with, Mary Magdalene is alone and not with the other women, as the other three gospels relate, and when she goes to the tomb on the first day of the week, it's still dark, yet she sees that the stone has been moved away. She runs off and finds Peter and the Beloved Disciple, who hadn't been anywhere near the tomb since Jesus was buried. Why does she say, "they have taken the Lord out of the tomb," and, if she was alone, why does she say, "we don't know where they have put him"? Details, but important ones, for it's the Resurrection of Jesus that John is writing about, the most life-transforming event in the history of the universe, one that changed our vision of suffering and death for ever.
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Holy Saturday
Abbot's Homily

"The angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled away the stone and sat on it." What strikes one about the four versions of the Resurrection found in the gospels, is that they are quite different from one another, and yet they have much in common. However, not one of the evangelists describes the moment in which Christ rose from the dead, what really happened or how it was done. In Matthew we see the angel descend from heaven and roll back the stone. It's a highly dramatic scene, what with the earthquake, the guards frightened and lying there "like dead men," then the very sight of the angel, "his face like lightening, his robe white as snow."
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Good Friday
Abbot's Homily
As he gave up the spirit, having bowed his head, Jesus said, "It is accomplished." What exactly did Jesus accomplish? We all know the Gospel story well: how he was conceived and born of Mary, where he grew up and called his first disciples, his preaching and the many miracles of healing, even raising the dead to life, the dangerous game his played with the Jewish authorities that ultimately led to that fateful, final week, the triumphal entry into Jerusalem, the last supper, the agony in the garden, the betrayal, arrest and trial; to end it all, the crucifixion.
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Palm Sunday
Abbot's Homily

Today we pass from light to darkness, as Christ enters Jerusalem amid cries of joyful acclamation, for soon the Hosannas will turn into shouts of Crucify, crucify. And yet we know that Christ's suffering, his Passion and Death on the Cross, will ultimately lead to the glory of the Empty Tomb, from darkness to light in the dawn of Easter.
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In Organis et Canticis

Grand Recital of Gregorian Chant and Organ Music
        Saturday 26th April at 7.30pm
                To celebrate Easter and the Canonisation of
      St John XXIII and St John Paul II
Given by the Monastic Community and Stasio Sliwka
   Entry by donation. Refreshments follow in Hedley Lodge.

Torchlight Procession
In Honour of Our Lady

Wednesday 14th May 2014
Starting at 9.00 P.M.

Preacher: Dom Brendan Thomas
Abbey Shop Open
Refreshments and Hot Drinks Available

St Begh's Parish, Whitehaven

On Friday, 21st February, Abbot Paul and Fr Matthew, Parish Priest of St Begh's, an incorporated Belmont parish, together with several priests of the Lancaster Diocese serving in Cumbria, joined with the Knights of St Columba to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Knights at St Begh's, just 5 years after they began in Glasgow. It was a truly magnificent celebration. A Mass of Thanksgiving was celebrated at St Begh's and this was followed by a gala dinner with speeches, prizes and awards at the social centre. Fr Matthew was made an honorary member of the Knights. It was particularly moving to see the widows of a good number of Knights enjoying the celebrations. We now look forward to the centenary in 2024.
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Shrove Tuesday 
On Shrove Tuesday evening, the Community entertained our fifty or so volunteers to a festal supper in the monks' refectory. We are grateful to our volunteers who work with us in the monastery shop, the retreats' department, the education and schools' visits' team and as welcomers and guides in the abbey church for open days and other special occasions.

After a delicious meal, pancake relay racing, devised by Br Bernard, took place between mixed teams of monks and volunteers, after which we relaxed over tea and coffee. It was a great evening, thoroughly enjoyed by all present, an excellent way to begin Lent in good spirits.
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The New Retreat Programme for 2014
The  new retreat programme for 2014 is now available please click on the following links for more information or visit our retreat page.
Residential Retreat Programme 2014
Day Retreat Programme 2014