Monastery News

ANNUAL LATIN HIGH MASS

This year’s High Mass in the Extraordinary (Tridentine) Form will take place in Downside Abbey Church on Saturday, 22nd June at 11.00am to celebrate the feast of St Alban, Porto-martyr of England. This is the annual High Mass, organised in conjunction with the Latin Mass Society, and we look forward to welcoming the St John’s […]

OSCOTT SEMINARIANS ON RETREAT

It was great to welcome a group of nine seminarians with Fr Bruce Burbidge from Oscott College (the seminary near Birmingham) last week to Downside Abbey. The visit was for the seminarians to prepare for their ordination to the diaconate (office of a deacon). They took part in the monastic Office and Mass, as well […]

HOLY LAND PILGRIMS GATHER

Over the weekend a number of the pilgrims travelling together to the Holy Land in July visited Downside as part of the preparation for their trip. Some of the practicalities of the pilgrimage were on the agenda, but the weekend was also an opportunity to get to know one another, and to pray in preparation. […]

VOLUNTEERS WEEK: RARE BOOK WORKSHOP

Concluding our Volunteers Week events was a fascinating workshop on the Downside Abbey Library collections from Bristol University’s George Ferzoco. Not only did our volunteers enjoy the day, but they were also joined by members of the monastic community, eager to discover more about items in the library.  In the morning there was a focus […]