Abbey News

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 […]


A group of ten young adults associated with YouCAN (Young Catholic Adult Network) came to Downside last weekend for a retreat based around the practice and theory of Gregorian Chant. The retreat began with Dom Leo’s session on the Psalms, considering how we pray the Psalms and their role in the Divine Office, with a […]


We are deeply saddened to hear of the unexpected death of Fr Alexander George over the weekend. Although he had transferred to Belmont Abbey, he had been a monk of Downside for many years.  He underwent complicated surgery last year and was in intensive care for a number of weeks, his condition being quite precarious, but […]


A few years ago a letter was discovered in the archives here at Downside abbey among the papers of Dom Martin Salmon, and its potential significance is now being shared. The letter, dictated and signed by Cetywayo (or Cetshwayo), King of the Zulus, was addressed to Queen Victoria and thanks her for ‘releasing me from […]