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


Gregorian Chant and Organ Concert


The Community will give a concert of Gregorian Chant with Stasio Sliwka accompanying and playing Organ music.


The concert will take place on Ascension Sunday 28th May at 3pm.


All are welcome a collection will be taken at the door.



 

Belmont Abbey Church Open Day




Free guided tours of the Abbey Church 10am to 4.30pm.




Visit the Gardens and Abbey Shop




The next Open day will take place on Saturday 27th May.

Recent News

Easter Sunday Morning 2017

"They have taken the Lord out of the tomb and we don't know where they have put him." These are the words addressed by Mary of Magdala to "Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved," in St John's account of the discovery of the empty tomb that first Easter morning. The details of the Resurrection we find here are fascinating. To begin with, Mary Magdalene is alone and not with the other women, as the other three gospels relate, and when she goes to the tomb on the first day of the week, it's still dark, yet she sees that the stone has been moved away. She runs off and finds Peter and the Beloved Disciple, who hadn't been anywhere near the tomb since Jesus was buried. Why does she say, "they have taken the Lord out of the tomb," and, if she was alone, why does she say, "we don't know where they have put him"? Details, but important ones, for it's the Resurrection of Jesus that John is writing about, the most life-transforming event since the beginning of time, one that changed our vision of suffering and death forever.

Click here to keep reading Abbot Paul's Homily.


Easter Vigil 2017

I have always listened to Prayer for the Day at 5.43 each morning on Radio Four, just before Farming Today. This morning the speaker was Bishop Angaelos, the Coptic Orthodox Bishop for the United Kingdom. I was so moved by his words that I've set aside the homily I prepared for this evening and will read you his short talk instead. I hope you will forgive me, but what has saddened me most, ever since the Iraq war began, is the annihilation of ancient Christian communities and churches in the Middle East and North Africa. The blame rests, in part, on our shoulders. This goes back, of course, to the break-up of the Ottoman Empire a hundred years' ago.

Click here to keep reading Abbot Paul's Homily.

 


Good Friday 2017

"Let us be confident, then, in approaching the throne of grace, that we shall have mercy from him and find grace when we are in need of help." With these words of encouragement and hope, the Letter to the Hebrews invites us to look upon Christ Crucified with confidence, asking him for every grace and blessing. In the Old Testament, we read how God comes close to his people, entering into a personal relationship with each one of them. He becomes their friend: how much more with Jesus. Think of the Samaritan woman at Jacob's well or of Mary, Martha and Lazarus. Through his Incarnation, he has destroyed the barrier between God and Man. "To have seen me is to have seen the Father."

Click here to keep reading Abbot Paul's Homily

 


Palm Sunday

Today we are struck by the stark contrast between the joyful blessing of palms with its procession and the bleak celebration of the Passion that follows. The spring blossom and blue skies of the abbey gardens are replaced by the sombre interior of the abbey church. This year we have heard the Passion according to St. Matthew: a profound meditation on the events of Holy Week, full of fascinating insights. The king of the Jews, a title we first hear on the lips of the Magi, is betrayed by the kiss of Judas, tried by both Jews and Romans and condemned to death by crucifixion.

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.


 

 

Ash Wednesday

In a few moments, ashes will be blessed and placed on our heads as a sign of repentance and conversion. It is the traditional way in which we begin Lent in the Western Church. The prayer of blessing takes its theme from the well-known words of the Prophet Ezequiel, "Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, says the Lord God, and not that he should turn from his ways and live?" (Ez. 18:23)

Click here to keep reading Abbot Paul's Homily.

Pictures and News from Peru






Fr Alex, Br Percy and Br Juan Edgar painting Pascal Candles ready for sale, though many have been ordered in advance.





















 

Br Juan Edgar in the bakery with the week's supply of bread rolls for monks and guests. The food in the monastery is excellent: all the brothers cook really well and all the food is freshly made and locally sourced.






















Our three aspirants (the stage before becoming a postulant) visiting the parish church of Pachacamac, one of the oldest in Peru, dedicated to the Holy Saviour.


Fr Jonathan carrying out some manual work. He is currently visiting the community in Peru and returns at the end of March.






















Br Juan Edgar and Fr Jonathan visiting the churches of Lima.

Abbot's Homily 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A


Words help us create thoughts and ideas or conjure up pictures in our mind. Looking back on our childhood, which came first? It's hard to say. The Bible is full of words to describe God. There are nouns and adjectives, such as Lord and almighty; there are comparisons: God is like a shepherd or a warrior, for example. Today's readings are full of words and phrases, which enrich our knowledge and understanding of God. We also find words that describe you and me and our relationship with God. It's fascinating.


Click here to continue reading Abbot Paul's Homily.


 

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.


Abbot's Homily for the Epiphany 2017

The birth of any child is an Epiphany, i.e. a manifestation of the loving mercy of God, who gives us the gift of new life, a life made in his image and likeness. Many of you here this morning will know what Mary and Joseph felt like when they saw visitors arrive to see the newborn baby. They can't have been surprised when a group of shepherds came the night of his birth, though their message, given to them by the angels, of the birth of a saviour caused Mary to ponder and treasure in her heart everything she knew about her child, his conception by the working of the Holy Spirit and the fact that she had remained a virgin even after his birth. Then, there was his name, Jesus, the Holy Name given to Joseph by an angel in a dream.

Click here to continue reading Abbot Paul's Homily.