Come and see - welcome to our website

It gives us great joy to welcome you to our website and, of course, to Belmont Abbey. Please note that there is also a Belmont Abbey in North Carolina, USA, so if that's the one you're looking for, try again!

 

The Abbey of St Michael and All Angels at Belmont, together with our foundation in Peru, the Monastery of the Incarnation at Pachacamac, and our incorporated parishes at Abergavenny, Belmont, Weobley and Whitehaven, are all part and parcel of the organic whole we call Belmont Abbey. In addition, our monks serve on several diocesan parishes, help in the work of other monasteries and serve as chaplains to enclosed nuns and the Armed Forces. In all the monastic community is made up of about forty monks. We belong to the English Benedictine Congregation, but as is the monastic tradition each house is autonomous and a charitable trust in its own right.


We hope you find everything you are looking for on our website. Unfortunately, there have been quite a few glitches in recent times, so we hope to have a new website in the not too distant future. In the meantime, make yourselves at home and let us know if there is anything more you would like to know about Belmont or see on our website. If you would like to visit or stay with us for a retreat, then write to the Abbot or to the Guest Master and we will get back to you at once.

We ask for your prayers and assure you of ours.

Abbot Paul and the Belmont Community

 

Upcoming Events

Wednesday Lent Days - An English Spring

The 20th Century saw many powerful contributions to Christian life and letters in this country. Through their writings and witness they helped shape the Church in their lifetime and offer to us many fruits of the spirit. During Lent we enrich our faith through exploring this new inheritance.

The day starts with coffee at 10.00am and includes a soup lunch with a suggested offering £10.

The next talk is about Helen Waddell
by Abbot Paul on 28th February.

For a full list of the Wednesday Lent Days click here.

 

Choral Evensong at Belmont Abbey


The choir of Hereford Cathedral will be singing Choral Evensong

at Belmont on Sunday, 4th March, at 4.00pm.

All are welcome.


 

Recent Events

Abbot's Homily for Ash Wednesday

"Let your hearts be broken, not your garments. Turn to the Lord your God again, for he is all tenderness and compassion, slow to anger, rich in graciousness, ready to relent." These words of the Prophet Joel remind us that Lent is the time when we turn to God with broken hearts and ask him in his mercy to heal them. "Now is the favourable time; this is the day of salvation," writes St Paul. In fact, God is so merciful and loving that Paul can say, "For our sake God made the sinless one into sin, so that in him we might become the goodness of God." Incredibly, salvation doesn't demand great sacrifices on our part. All God wants is that we open our hearts to him, so that he can do the rest. Salvation is God's gift, not something we earn by our own efforts. Holiness is the fruit of faith and trust in God, allowing his grace to work in us.

Click here to continue reading Abbot Paul's homily.

Fr David Returns to Belmont

Fr David Bird returned to the UK after serving for a record 36 years in Peru. During those years he served as Assistant Pastor in Tambogrande, followed by three long stints as Parish Priest in Piura, Negritos and San Miguel de Pallaques in northern Peru, and finally as Superior of the Monastery of the Incarnation at Pachacamac.

Fr David, who will be 81 at the end of March has returned to Belmont and is already taking a full part in community life.
He is a fine Theologian and runs an excellent blog called Monks and Mermaids. It's well worth a visit: you might become an addict.

In the photograph he is seen at Birmingham Airport, feeling the intense cold of a February night.

Abbot's Homily Epiphany 2018


"It was by a revelation that I was given the knowledge of the mystery." So Paul describes the gift of faith to the Ephesians. In Matthew's Gospel that same gift of faith is explained like this: "We saw his star as it rose and have come to do him homage." That is what the Wise Men say to Herod, when they come to Jerusalem looking for the infant king. Isaiah spoke of the gift of faith in these terms, "Above you the Lord now rises and above you his glory appears, though night still covers the earth and darkness the peoples." The Magi followed a star, whereas Isaiah had foretold that the Lord himself would rise and shine, bringing light to his people and to all those who "lift up their eyes and see." "It means" writes Paul, "that the pagans now share the same inheritance, that they are parts of the same body."


Click here
to continue reading Abbot Paul's homily.


Abbot's Homily Christmas Day

"From his fullness we have all received grace in return for grace, for grace and truth have come through Jesus Christ."

This morning we come together to thank God for the birth of his Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ, begotten of the Father before time began, born of the Virgin Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit, a man like us in all things but sin. We have prepared for Christmas by faithfully keeping Advent, the season of hope and consolation. We have heard the message of the prophets. We have prayed earnestly for his Second Coming. We have longed to celebrate the feast of his Nativity, praying that he prepare in our hearts a crib in which to lie and there fill our lives with grace and truth.

Click here to continue reading Abbot Paul's Homily.

Abbot's Homily Christmas Eve

We have just heard the Christmas story, St Luke's account of the birth of Jesus. We've heard it so many times that we no longer listen. St Luke writes so beautifully that it makes for easy reading, even when the story told is hard to grasp and difficult to understand. Take, for example, the sentence, "She wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn."

Click here to continue reading Abbot Paul's homily.

Br Alistair receives the Ministry of Acolyte at the hands of the Abbot Primate

On 16th December, Br Alistair received the Ministry of Acolyte from the Abbot Primate, Dom Gregory Polan, in the Primate's Chapel at Sant'Anselmo in Rome. We congratulate Br Alistair and joyfully share these photographs with you.

Click here to see the photographs.


Solemn Profession at Belmont

On Monday, 4th September 2017, Solemnity of the Dedication of the Abbey Church, Br. Alistair Findlay made his Solemn Profession during the Conventual Mass.

Dom Alistair will be returning to Rome at the beginning of October for his final year of Theology.


Our prayers and congratulations on his Solemn Profession.


Click here to read Abbot Paul's Homily

Click here to see photographs from the profession Mass.


Ecumenical Vespers at Tintern Abbey



On Sunday 3rd September Abbot Paul was invited once again to preach at the Ecumenical Vespers in the historic Tintern Abbey.



This year Fr Abbot was asked to preach on monasticism.


 

PAX

Of your charity pray for the repose of the soul of

Dom Antony Tumelty

who died on 27th August 2017,

in his 64th year,

fortified by the Rites of Holy Church.

He had been professed 43 years

and ordained 37 years.

Requiescat in pace.


Click here to read Abbot Paul's Homily from the Requiem.


Visit to Hereford Cathedral

The Dean of Hereford, the Very Revd. Michael Tavinor, invited the brethren to join with the Anglican Benedictines of Mucknall, Worcestershire, and other guests
for a picnic lunch in the Deanery garden and Midday Office in the Lady Chapel at Hereford Cathedral to celebrate the feast of the Assumption of Our Lady.

The weather was perfect and an enjoyable time was had by all those present.

Click here to see more photographs from the afternoon.

Abbot's Homily Assumption 2017

"Victory and power and empire for ever have been won by our God, and all authority for his Christ." With these words the Book of the Apocalypse celebrates God's final victory over sin and death through the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. When we look at history and contemplate the state in the world today and when we come face to face with the power of evil, these words seem pure make-believe. Yet our faith in God's plan of salvation and the celebration of today's solemnity allow a glimmer of light to shine through the darkness. Indeed, faith in the Resurrection has given Christians hope and consolation in the most horrific situations the world has ever known. Think of St Maximilian Kolbe, whose martyrdom we celebrated yesterday.

Click here to keep reading Abbot Paul's Homily.


News from Peru

Fr Abbot visited the Community in Peru from 15th to 22nd July.
On 22nd July our three aspirants began the next stage of their monastic formation as they became postulants.
They are Br Ascensio Quispe Ynquillay from Cuzco, Br Pedro José Córdova Bayona from Chiclayo and Br Luis Alberto Altamirano Julca from Trujillo.
The aspirancy lasts six months and the postulancy a year. Fr Alex, the Superior, is in charge of their formation.


On the same day six lay people, three men and three women, began their noviciate as Oblates. This is the second group in Peru, there being already five professed Oblates.

Click here for more news and photographs.

 

Abbot's Homily SS Peter and Paul 2017

In 67 AD Saints Peter and Paul were martyred in Rome. Peter was crucified upside down and Paul beheaded, a privilege reserved to Roman citizens condemned to death. This year marks the 1950th anniversary of the martyrdom of the two saints on whose faith was founded the Church of Rome.

Both Peter and Paul were called by Jesus to follow him as disciples and to proclaim the Gospel as apostles. Jesus calls us today just as he called them. He calls us for our own salvation, but also to the mission of saving others. Caesarea Philippi was the turning point in the ministry of Jesus and in the lives of the disciples. It was there that Jesus asked the Twelve to stand up and be counted, to set themselves apart from the crowd. "But you," he asked, "who do you say that I am?" It was Simon Peter who spoke up in our name, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God," to which Jesus replied, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. It was not flesh and blood that revealed this to you but my Father in heaven. So now I say to you, you are Peter and upon this rock I will build my Church."

Click here to keep reading Abbot Paul's homily

Congratulations to Dom Patrick ordained to the Sacred Priesthood


On Tuesday 27th June Dom Patrick Lobo was ordained to the Sacred Priesthood


by His Grace the Archbishop of Cardiff Geroge Stack


Ad multos annos!


 

 

Abbot's Homily for Corpus Christi

"Taste and see that the Lord is good." I am frequently reminded by the nurse who looks after me at my local surgery that, "You are what you eat." She is a fervent Baptist, so I doubt she realises the theological implications of speaking to a Catholic like that. "You are what you eat."

St Basil wrote, "Through the Holy Spirit we acquire a likeness to God; indeed, we attain what is beyond our most sublime aspirations - we become God." In the Creed we proclaim, "Et incarnatus est de Spiritu Sancto ex Maria Virgine et homo factus est." Through the Holy Spirit God becomes man and through the Holy Spirit we become God. St Paul is really saying the same thing when he writes to the Corinthians: "The fact that there is only one loaf means that, though there are many of us, we form a single body because we all have a share in this one loaf."

Click here to keep reading Abbot Paul's homily.


Abbot's Homily for Pentecost

We have just heard two accounts of the coming of the Holy Spirit. According to John, it was Jesus himself, who on Easter evening appeared in the room, where ten of the Twelve were gathered, and breathed on them saying, "Receive the Holy Spirit." Through the Spirit's presence in their lives, they will share in Christ's passion and death, bring his peace to the world and have power over sin. Just as God's creative breath gave life at the beginning of creation, so now, in the fullness of time, the Word made flesh gives new life to those who are born of water and the Spirit. "Of his fullness we have all received, grace in return for grace."

Click here to keep reading Abbot Paul's homily.

Abbot's Homily for Ascension Sunday

On Easter Day two men in dazzling clothes suddenly appeared to the women at the empty tomb and said to them, "Why look among the dead for one who is alive? He is not here; he is risen." On Ascension Day two men in white suddenly appear beside the disciples and say to them, "Men of Galilee, why are you standing here looking up into the sky?" You can't see him and you won't find him. Jesus has been taken up from you into heaven. The women at Easter and the disciples today look for Jesus where he can't be found. Confused and perplexed at getting it wrong, they obey what the angels say. The women run off to tell the disciples that Christ is risen and has gone before them to Galilee, while the disciples stop looking at the sky and, remembering the words of Jesus, return to Jerusalem to await the coming of the Holy Spirit, the power from on high, who will transform them into witnesses of their Risen Lord.

Click here to keep reading Abbot Paul's homily.

Abbot Jerome Hodkinson Memorial Fund

 

Ever since Abbot Jerome departed this life in July, friends and admirers have expressed an overwhelming desire to contribute to a memorial fund in his honour. Some would like to give towards his gravestone, while others would like to help with a project close to his heart.



As a result, we have decided to open a memorial fund for both intentions: the purchasing and engraving of his tombstone, which is estimated to cost £6,500, and the setting up of the Belmont Apiary, to be run by Br Dunstan. As we all know, Abbot Jerome was a lover and connoisseur of honey and a great believer in its therapeutic properties.

 

If you would like to contribute to this fund in any way, please contact Fr Abbot or one of the brethren.


 

Dom Cadfan Williams made an Ecumenical Companion at Hereford Cathedral


On Sunday, March 19th, Dom Cadfan Williams was installed as an Ecumenical Companion at Hereford Cathedral.


He has been invited to be the Catholic Ecumenical Companion for the next five years by the Dean and Chapter of the Cathedral.


We congratulate Fr Cadfan on his appointment.


Click here for some photographs from after the event.


 

 

Solemn Profession of Dom Dunstan Nelson

At the solemn Conventual Mass for the Feast of the Purification of Our Lady and Presentation of Our Lord, Candlemas 2017, Dom Dunstan Nelson made his Solemn Profession.
Dom Dunstan, Paul Keith Nelson, was born and spent most of his life at Ipswich and is 39 years' old. He studied Molecular Biology at Portsmouth University and Soil Management at Cranfield University.
He has both a B.Sc. and an M.Sc. He is a convert to the Catholic faith and, after a period of discernment came to Belmont as a Postulant in 2012. He was clothed in the habit on 1st February 2013 and made his Temporary Profession on 2nd February 2014. He has studied nursing care of the elderly at Holy Cross Convent, Heathfield, and is at present studying Philosophy with the School of the Annunciation, Buckfast Abbey.
He also hopes to start beekeeping at Belmont in the near future. We pray for his happiness and perseverance in the monastic life as a monk of Belmont.

Click here to read Abbot Paul's homily from the profession Mass.

Click here to see photographs from the profession Mass.

On 1st February, Br Alistair Findley, a contemporary of Dom Dunstan in the monastic life, renewed his vows at Sant'Anselmo, Rome, where he is studying Theology. He hopes to take his Solemn vows later this year.