Founded in 1859, Belmont Abbey is a monastery of the English Benedictine Congregation dedicated to St Michael and All Angels.
Since its foundation Belmont has served as a cathedral and a monastic house of studies. It has played an important part in the development of monasticism in Great Britain and is home to a thriving community of monks, who still follow the Rule of St Benedict.
Under the guidance of the Abbot the monks lead a common life of work, study and prayer.
The main work of the Community is pastoral; on its parishes in Wales, Herefordshire and Cumbria, overseas with its foundation in Northern Peru, and at the Abbey, welcoming guests and visitors to its guesthouse, Hedley Lodge, and to those on retreat.
God is at the heart of the Abbey. A Benedictine monk is committed to seeking God in all things.
His prayer life is a combination of community prayer in church, personal contemplative prayer and Lectio Divina, the practice of prayerful reading of scripture and other spiritual writings.
Saint Benedict, in his rule, wrote that "Nothing should be preferred to Christ" and it is in that spirit that the monks come together five times a day, from early morning to late evening, to sing the Divine Office and to celebrate the Eucharist.
While the monastic community consists of men of different ages and a variety of backgrounds we all have a common goal to give glory to God and to live out our lives in prayer and the service of others.