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


Community News

Father Abbot's Homily for the Solemnity of the Assumption

"Victory and power and empire for ever have been won by our God, and all authority for his Christ." With these words the Book of the Apocalypse celebrates God's final victory over sin and death through the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  When we look at history and contemplate the scenes of destruction in the world today - Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, the Holy Land, Libya, Tunisia, Somalia, you name it, the effects of terrorist activity, the hundreds of thousands of migrant refugees, or the ecological destruction wrought and perpetuated by mankind, when we come face to face with the power of evil, it is hard to believe in the reality of this victory.


Solemn Profession of Dom Patrick Lobo

On 8th September 2015, Feast of the Nativity of Our Lady, Dom Patrick Lobo will make his Solemn Profession as a monk of Belmont. The Rite of Profession will take place during the Conventual Mass that begins at 11.30am in the Abbey Church. 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 Dom Patrick and hope that you might join us for his Solemn Profession.

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 monastic life.

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 Congregation.

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.

The Forum was held at Buckfast Abbey in Devon from 21st to 25th July, followed by Chapter from 26th to 29th. The last two days of the Forum were shared with members of the Chapter. All the discussions were positive and encouraging and shortly more news will be available of these.

Photographs showing Forum members and Chapter members, the Forum in progress and the daily Mass.
A Precis of the Forum and Extraordinary Chapter


Events

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 Monday 31st August 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