Monastery News

NEW POSTULANT AT DOWNSIDE

Any community needs new members to arrive, just as older members go to their eternal reward. It is great for us at Downside to welcome our new Postulant, a young man in his mid-20s, who had previously worked as a librarian. He has been us for a few months and has recently begun to wear […]

DOM OLIVER RETIRES AS COUNCILLOR

After three years working at Downside as a Trustee and member of the Prior’s Council, Dom Oliver, a monk of Douai Abbey, has now retired from this role and has resumed his position as Bursar at Douai. We have been grateful for fresh vision and his insights into the way some things can be done, […]

MONASTIC RETREAT

Many people think that monastic life is one long retreat and, compared to many people’s lives, this is probably the case! Monastic life is focused on prayer and work, but even monks need to take some time away from routine and seek to put all the elements of everyday life into perspective once again. Each […]

LOURDES PILGRIMAGE 2019

Dom James joined the OMV Lourdes Pilgrimage at the end of July during a heat wave with temperatures close on 40 degrees centigrade. There were around thirty-five in the Downside group, including pupils from the School and young Old Gregorians. There was a good spirit amongst all the pilgrims, and the volunteers appreciated and learnt […]