Monastery News

Benedictine Bath 2017

The hugely successful Benedictine Bath Festival returns for its third year!  In partnership with Bath Abbey and St John’s Foundation, we are delighted to once again be holding the festival which showcases the unique Benedictine history and heritage of Bath which spans over 1000 years. Join us for tours, talks, exhibitions and demonstrations as we […]

Solemn High Mass for Corpus Christi

Downside’s annual Solemn High Mass took place this year on Saturday 17th June. The Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite was offered at the high altar of the Abbey Church. Dom Boniface Hill offered Mass, assisted by Dom Anselm Brumwell as deacon and Father Jean-Patrice Coulon of Yeovil as subdeacon. […]

Benedictine Bath 2017

Rediscover over 1,000 years of Benedictine history and heritage. Enjoy displays of rare books and manuscripts, with daily tours, vespers and family friendly events celebrating this hidden chapter of Bath’s past.  A partnership between Downside Abbey, Bath Abbey, and St John’s Foundation, the series offers a range of free events throughout the city.  #BenedictineBath Click […]

Record Attendance at Downside’s Corpus Christi Procession!

St. Benedict’s Church was full, almost to overflowing, with worshippers attending this year’s Corpus Christi Procession. Bishop Declan Lang presided at Vespers, before the Congregation, including the Monastic Community, processed to the Abbey Church in glorious sunshine. Hymns were sung (at some volume!) during the Procession. Once in the Abbey Church, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament […]