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
Priestly Ordination of Dom Alex
On Saturday, 18th
October, in his native city of Chiclayo, in the Province of Lambayeque, Peru,
Dom Alex Echeandía Loro was ordained to the Sacred Priesthood by Bishop Jesús
Moliné Labarta, Bishop of Chiclayo. Fr Alex is 35 years old and has been a
member of the Community since 1998.
Ordination took place in the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Peace, attached to the
Monastery of Carmelite Nuns. About 300 people were present including the Abbot
President, Dom Richard Yeo, Fr Abbot and Fr Simon from Belmont, Fr Eduardo
Monzón Aguirre representing the Abbey of Guatapé in Colombia, Sr Cristina
Merella representing the Dominican sisters of San Sixto, four of the
Benedictine sisters of Morropón, Fr David and the community from Pachacamac,
priests and seminarians of the diocese, Br Alex's family and friends from Tambogrande,
San Lorenzo, Sechura and Chiclayo.
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Photographs of Dom Alex's Ordination
New Novice in Peru
On 15th October, at
the Monastery of the Incarnation, Pachacamac, Peru, Fr Abbot clothed Br
Ascencio Quispe Ynquillay in the habit of the English Benedictine Congregation.
So Br. Ascencio, who is 25 years old, began his novitiate, which will last two
years. Br Ascencio was born in the village of Machacca, in the Province of
Quispicanchi near Cuzco. Quechua, the language of the Incas, is his native
tongue, but he also speaks fluent Spanish.
He has been at the monastery as an
Aspirant and then a Postulant since January 2013 and will continue his monastic
formation under Dom Mario Sosa Amay, the Novice Master. We congratulate Br
Ascencio and pray for his perseverance in the monastic life as a monk of the
following appointments, to take effect on 1st January 2015, were
Matthew Carney will move from St Begh's, Whitehaven, and, following an
eight-month sabbatical studying at the University of Santa Clara, Berkeley,
California, will become Parish Priest of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, Hereford,
from 1st September 2015. During his sabbatical, the parish will be
administered from Belmont.
James Norris will move from the Merthyr Tydfil Group of Parishes to become
Parish Priest of Our Lady and St Michael, Abergavenny, with St Mary and St
Michael, Llanarth, both in Monmouthshire.
Cenydd Marrison will move from Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, Hereford, to become
Parish Priest of St Begh's, Whitehaven, Cumbria. He will retire as Dean of
Richard Simons will move from Abergavenny and Llanarth to become Administrator
of the Parish of St Begh's, Whitehaven, in the Diocese of Lancaster.
thank the brethren for the magnificent work done in the parishes they leave
behind, thank them for so willingly taking up these new appointments and pray
that their new ministries will be both happy and fruitful.
Abbot's Homily for the Solemnity of Saint Michael and All Angels
Bible is littered with angels and talk of angels, so we tend to take them for
granted, which is a pity, because the whole subject of angels is fascinating
and rewarding and, of course, each one of us has his or her own guardian angel.
We have just heard Jesus himself speaking of angels, so what did Jesus mean, on
first meeting with Nathaniel, when he said to him, “You will see heaven laid
open and, above the Son of Man, the angels of God ascending and descending”?
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Sixth Form College Choir
Choir has become famous for the quality of its singing and has issued several
CDs. It leads services and gives concerts all over the country and abroad.
year the Choir will be celebrating the Advent Service of Nine Carols and Nine
Lessons together with the Monastic Community at Belmont on Saturday, 13th
December at 7.30pm. All are welcome.
A Deep and Dazking Darkness
Friday 31st October to Sunday 2nd November
Cost: £26 plus meals and accommodation
Led by Dom Brendan Thomas
On this retreat we explore the human moods of faith lived out in light and shadow. We do so with the guidence of scripture and the lived experience of saints, poets and spiritual writers who have reflected on the mystery of God and the questions of faith which we all have to confront.
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Witnessing to Faith
Saturday 8th November
10.00am to 4.00pm
Led by Dom Andrew Berry
We are all called to witness to our faith and to spreading the good news of the Gospel. In this retreat we look at discipleship in our contemporary world.
The day will include Mass. For lunch bring sandwiches. Tea/ coffee are provided.
Suggested offering £8
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd November
Cost £26 plus meals and accommodation.
Led by Dom Brendan Thomas
"I do not see the bible I dreamed it" wrote Marc Chagall. On
this weekend we will reflect on Chagell's great spiritual vision inspired by scripture and a deep faith. What can we learn from a man who, of all artists, is a favourite of Pope Francis, what can we learn as we look out on the world with our eyes of faith? Can we celebrate life with that same humour and joy, and fill it with that same love that infused his paintings?
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Christmas at Belmont
Unfortunately we have had to cancel Christmas at Belmont for 2014. However, we hope to be able to run this retreat again for Christmas 2015.