Monastery News

CHRISTMAS MASS TIMES

In the midst of the decorations, Christmas cards and present buying and wrapping, a number of people have been in touch to ask about Christmas Mass times at Downside Abbey. We will be celebrating Christmas Masses as follows: Christmas Eve 4pm                 Parish Vigil Mass in the Abbey Church (guitars, carols) 11pm               ‘Midnight’ […]

MONASTIC EXPERIENCE RETREAT

This weekend we welcomed five men to the latest monastic retreat, looking at issues surrounding discernment and the nature of priesthood and religious life. Whilst no retreat can offer certainty about the way forward, retreats at Downside can offer space, time and food in order to enable someone to escape from the daily round and […]

FAREWELL TO FABIO

Our most recent ‘Klosterzeitler’ left us today. Fabio, from Switzerland, has spent three months living and working alongside the Downside Community. He has done some tremendous work revarnishing and painting a number of the monastery doors, as well as helping in the gardens and carpentry shop. He returns to Einsiedeln Abbey in Switzerland to report […]

WINTER IS COMING

Anyone who has been to Downside Abbey will know that the church is not exactly small and that it is very difficult to heat! This year the monks have decided to follow the example of many German and Austrian Benedictine communities and move to the “Winter church”, otherwise known as the crypt. All the Divine […]