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Heatwave! We’ve all been feeling the heat this week. Temperatures at Downside Abbey have been high but we have mercifully avoided the extreme heat that has hit most of the country. There is something to be said about the Mendip climate! Our volunteers, not deterred from the heat, and, in the pleasant temperature and humidity […]

Tu es Petrus

‘The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church.’ Downside Abbey is a minor basilica dedicated to St Gregory the Great. This week was an important week for Catholics throughout the world as well as the wider Downside community. Wednesday marked the Solemnity of the Apostles and Martys, SS Peter and Paul, united […]

Archives and Library are Open!

After COVID our Archives and Library Volunteer Team are back! After two years of the pandemic, Downside Abbey’s Archives and Library, welcomed the return of our volunteers. Their enthusiasm to help continue the work of the monastic community and the National Lottery Heritage Fund in preserving the abbey’s great library and archives continues to inspire. […]

The Easter Triduum at Downside Abbey 2022

The times for the celebration of the Easter Triduum 2022 have been announced: Thursday of the Lord’s Supper (Maundy Thursday, 14 April): 7 p.m. Friday of the Passion of the Lord (Good Friday, 15 April): 3 p.m. The Easter Vigil in the Most Holy Night (Holy Saturday, 16 April): 8 p.m. Easter Sunday Mass during […]