Monastery News

CARDIFF CATHSOC COME TO DOWNSIDE

We welcomed the Catholic Society from Cardiff University to Downside once again for their annual retreat at the start of the academic year. Despite some atrocious weather on Saturday, the group had a great weekend, even braving the rain for a walk in the countryside on Saturday afternoon. The retreatants came to the Divine Office […]

VOCATION DISCERNMENT RETREAT

This weekend we welcomed about 35 young people to Downside for our second Vocation Discernment Weekend. The idea was to offer young Catholics an opportunity to think about vocation in the widest sense, and so we invited speakers to address a variety of topics. We began on Saturday morning with Sr Elizabeth Mary Mann, of […]

SAINTS JOHN ROBERTS AND AMBROSE BARLOW

Somehow the martyrs are part of the DNA at Downside. We are very conscious of the sacrifice that our martyr-brothers made in trying to keep the Faith alive in England in the period following the Reformation. St Ambrose Barlow was born in Manchester in 1585. He studied for the priesthood at Valladolid initially, before recognising […]

DOM JOHN MAKES SOLEMN VOWS

It was a great occasion for the whole community at Downside Abbey, as we celebrated the Solemn Profession of monastic vows by Dom John (as he is now called) this morning. People came from far and wide as well as the local parish and school in order to celebrate with him. Now that he has […]