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

Christmas Mass Time
at Belmont Abbey

24th December
Vigil Mass of Christmas
10.30 pm
(Please Note New Time)

25th December
Christmas Day
Parish Sung Mass
9.30 am

Pontifical High Mass
                                                   11.00 am




Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Dom David Laurence Beer,
monk of Belmont,
who died on 3rd November 2014in his 84th year.
He was professed on 29th September 1953
and ordained to the sacred Priesthood on 2nd July 1958.

Abbot Paul's homily for the Requiem Mass of Dom Laurence

Priestly Ordination of Dom Alex Echeandia Loro
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.

The 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 Incarnation.

Parish Changes

The following appointments, to take effect on 1st January 2015, were recently announced:

Dom 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.

Dom 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.

Dom 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 Herefordshire. Dom Richard Simons will move from Abergavenny and Llanarth to become Administrator of the Parish of St Begh's, Whitehaven, in the Diocese of Lancaster.

We 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.


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

We Saw his Glory:  Icons of Revelation
January 16-18  (2 days Reg Fee £26)
Exploring the rich theology and spiritual depth of the Icon, as a window onto the mystery of God.
led by Dom Alex Echeandía Loro

Painting the Face of Christ:  Icon Workshop

Led by Dom Alex Echeandia Loro

Monday 19th to Saturday 24th January 2015

Cost £185-including board and pigments plus meals/accommodation.

We offer a five day workshop, praying and painting icons, in the contemplative calm of a Benedictine monastery. Beginners and the more experienced are welcome. The chosen icon is Christ Pantokrator - "Ruler of All," one of the first images of Christ developed in the early Church. Each day will begin with a demonstration of the techniques to be used and the rest of the day is spent painting, with support and accompaniment from Dom Alex. The designs will be applied to the board, and the colour layers built up to complete the icon. The tutor is Dom Alex Echeandía Loro, a Peruvian monk and iconographer, who is currently working on a series of Icons for the Monastery of the Incarnation in Pachacamac.  Accommodation is in the Hedley Lodge Guesthouse. The cost for five days accommodation with full board is £300 for a shared ensuite room, £350 for an ensuite single or £240 for a simple monastic-style room, non-ensuite.  Contact retreats@belmontabbey.org.uk for further details. It will be preceded by a general non-painting weekend for anyone wishing to learn more about Icons:

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