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


News

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.

arish 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.

Abbot's Homily for the Solemnity of Saint Michael and All Angels

The 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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Forthcoming Events

Hereford Sixth Form College Choir
Academia Musica

The 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.

This 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.


Retreats

Retreat Programme for 2014
Please click on the following links for more information or visit our retreat page.
Residential Retreat Programme 2014
Day Retreat Programme 2014

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


Chagall's Bible
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.