Monastery News

ANNUAL EASTER RETREAT

Thursday 25th April 2019 The annual Easter Retreat – ‘Lord, Teach us to Pray’ – took place once more from Maundy Thursday until Easter Sunday at Downside Abbey and School. Retreatants enjoyed a stimulating and varied programme of workshops, talks and services, as well as having time for reflection and socialising. This year’s retreat was truly a […]

DOWNSIDE ABBEY RETREAT: MAKING TIME FOR GOD

Last weekend it was wonderful to welcome to Downside Abbey a group of men to our Catholic retreat – Making Time for God. Retreatants had the opportunity to break from the bustle of their usual weekend routines and make time to consider the place of prayer in daily life. Various members of the Downside monastic community […]

ST BENEDICT

Today Benedictine monasteries throughout the world, including Downside Abbey, celebrate the Feast of St Benedict. The universal Church celebrates him as Patron of Europe in July, but Benedictine communities celebrate his passing from this world to eternal life in heaven today. In his Dialogues, St Gregory the Great writes that, ‘Six days before he died, […]

LENT BOOKS

In his Rule, St Benedict says that monks should each take a book from the library and read it straight through. In some monasteries the monks or nuns all read a biblical book (Dom Anselm knows a nun who was once given Obadiah to read – 1 chapter! She read various other books about Obadiah […]