Diamond Jubilee of Ordination
On 3rd July 2015 Abbot Jerome Hodkinson and Dom Stephen Holdsworth celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of their Ordination to the Sacred Priesthood. They were ordained together at Belmont on 3rd July 1955 by Archbishop Michael McGrath of Cardiff.

Dom Jerome taught in the School (mostly English), became Prior and Bursar and then, on the death of Abbot Robert Richardson, Abbot of Belmont in November 1970. He retired as abbot in 1986 and served for a time as Parish Priest of Belmont and then of Bromyard. He now in his 87th year and lives in the Infirmary at Belmont. Dom Stephen taught at Belmont, Alderwasley and Llanarth, served as Parish Priest at Abergavenny, Swansea, Hereford and Weobley and has been Chaplain to the English Benedictine nuns both at Stanbrook and at Colwich. He is in his 85th year. On 1st July a Mass of Thanksgiving was celebrated by Fr Stephen at Colwich Abbey, attended by his family and friends. He was assisted by Abbot Paul, who preached, and Dom Brendan. Fr Jerome will be celebrating quietly on 3rd July.

 We congratulate them both and pray for their good health and happiness.

May Procession
On Wednesday, 13th May, we held our annual May Procession in honour of Our Lady. The weather was perfect and probably twice as many pilgrims took part than last year. It was a wonderfully uplifting occasion.
Here we reprint the homily preached by Fr. Duncan Ferguson.





Priestly Ordination of Dom Jonathan Rollinson

On Thursday, 12th March 2015, Dom Jonathan Rollinson was ordained to the Sacred Priesthood at Belmont by Bishop Michael Campbell, O.S.A., of Lancaster. The Mass, which was both prayerful and moving, was attended by a large congregation coming from the many areas of Belmont life: the monastic community, oblates, parishes and chaplaincies, as well as by members of Fr Jonathan's family and many friends. A second bishop was present in the person of Dom Mark Jabalé, as well as many priests from a number of dioceses in England and Wales. The monastic schola led the singing, both in Latin and in English, and the organist was Br Gavin Hibbs. After the Ordination, Fr Jonathan gave his First Blessing and a most enjoyable Reception was held at Hedley Lodge.