Who are the Friends?
The Friends of Belmont Abbey are those special benefactors who pledge an annual donation towards the ongoing maintenance and upkeep of the Abbey Church and Monastery. It is the desire of the Community and Parish to do this in the most efficient and professional way. This will guarantee the Benedictine tradition of prayer and liturgy in 21st Century.
The Friends and their loved ones, living and dead, will be remembered each day at the altar. They will be kept informed, on a regular basis, of the events, both religious and social, laid on specifically for them as well as all matters of interest on the Community and its work.
Britain has many historic buildings connected with its Christian and Benedictine heritage. Think of Canterbury Cathedral or Westminster Abbey. Many are now Anglican churches or simply ruins like Tintern or Rivaulx. What makes Belmont different, and worth saving, is that it is home to a living monastic community of Benedictine monks.
True to the Benedictine tradition the monks of Belmont sing the Divine Office and the Mass every day and dedicate themselves to a life of prayer and work. For many years there was a school at Belmont, but today the resident community dedicates itself to retreat work and welcoming guests at Hedley Lodge. About a dozen monks are involved in parish work throughout England and Wales and others do chaplaincy work. In 1981 Belmont founded a monastery in Peru which has attracted many native vocations.
It is the desire of the Community to conserve and refurbish the beautiful Abbey Church, designed by Edward Pugin, and the monastery, mother house and spiritual home of monks, oblates, parishioners, past pupils, friends and neighbours alike.
We see it as our duty to hand on to future generations this work of love which has been fostered at Belmont for the past 150 years. Will you help us by becoming a Friend of Belmont Abbey, praying for the Community and for vocations and supporting us financially on a regular basis? Thank you.
How to Join
Print out the membership form below and send it off to the Friends of Belmont Abbey at the Belmont Address. Alternatively write to the Friends for a membership form.
Using Gift Aid means that for every pound you give, we get an extra 28 pence from the Inland Revenue, helping your donation go further. This means that £10 can be turned into £12.80 just as long as donations are made through Gift Aid. Imagine what a difference that could make, and it doesn't cost you a thing.
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