Monastery News

SOMERSET CHURCH LEADERS RETREAT

We were glad to welcome the Somerset Church Leaders for their annual retreat at Downside Abbey last weekend. Church leaders from the Catholic, Anglican and Methodist churches and the Salvation Army came, and much enjoyed their visit and the opportunity to meet the monastic community, as well as the occasion to connect with one another, […]

THE OPUS DEI AND THE MONASTIC CHOIR

Downside’s monastic choir is an overlooked masterpiece at the centre of the abbey church. The beating heart is the monastic choir where the Opus Dei is faithfully said and sung every day; where the Psalms are sung and where the monastic office has its place. The Monastic Community under Abbot Bruno Hicks asked Sir Giles […]

BLESSING OF FURNITURE AT CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL

On 12th January 2019 Father Leo together with Father Patrick, Subprior of Worth Abbey, and members of the St Scholastica Community based at Downside went to Canterbury Cathedral for the blessing of an icon which included a kneeler made by Father Michael. The icon, written by Amanda de Pulford, depicts Jesus washing the feet of […]

EASTER RETREAT 2019

The Monastic Community at Downside Abbey invite everyone to join them for the annual Easter Retreat from Thursday 18th April to Sunday 21st April 2019. An outline of the programme can be found here. Young and old, families and friends are welcome to take part in a range of services, workshops and activities to celebrate this special […]