Abbey News

MEDIEVAL ABBOTS LECTURE

The latest event in our ongoing project with Dr Ben Pohl of the University of Bristol took place this week, a public lecture on Medieval Monastic Leadership and the writing of history.  A large crowd turned out for the event, and enjoyed a great lecture from Dr Pohl, who explored how medieval abbots wrote history […]

RETREAT ON THE INCARNATION

Despite wind, rain and cold, more than 30 young Catholic adults came to Downside Abbey from around the country last weekend to take part in a retreat looking at the Incarnation, one of the core doctrines of Christian faith. The main speaker was Sebastian Morello, from the Centre for Catholic Formation in the Archdiocese of […]

VOLUNTEERS WORK ON LATEST EXHIBITION

For many years the archives and library here at Downside has been incredibly fortunate to have a dedicated and enthusiastic team of volunteers working hard on our collections.  Having spent so long working through the mountains of archive boxes and thousands of books, it seemed only logical that the next exhibition in the Abbey Visitor […]

AND NOW A NOVICE

Many readers of the website and abbey social media will have noticed a new face over the past few months. Having been with us as an aspirant and a postulant for a while, he began his novitiate last Friday, on the Feast of Saints Cyril and Methodius. The start of the novitiate is signalled by […]