Monastery News

Fr Christopher on BBC Points West

Fr Christopher Calascione featured on BBC Points West news last night (21st March) talking about the publication of the 1793 recipe book.  Taking part in a taste test at the Pony and Trap, a michelin starred restaurant in the Chew Valley, the Downside monk sampled the Chicken Curry taken from the original transcription; click here […]

Fr Christopher talks to BBC Radio Bristol

Fr Christopher featured on BBC Radio Bristol yesterday in conversation with Sunday morning presenter, Lucy Tegg.  Further to last year’s discovery of a 1793 recipe book in the Monastery Library, the monks have now published the book due to popular demand. Fr Christopher introduced the book and explained how listeners will be able to get […]

First Saturday Devotion

Last Saturday a group of about 15 people came to take part in the First Saturday Devotion, as requested by Our Lady of Fatima, and the enrolment in the Brown Scapular, commended by St Simon Stock. The Devotion, led by Dom Anselm, consisted of the Rosary, confessions, Mass and Meditation as well as the enrolment […]

Ash Wednesday

This week at Downside the School and Monastic Community celebrated Mass together to mark Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent, and marks the start of the Church’s annual preparation for Easter. Here are a few ways in which we can prepare for Easter during Lent: The traditional things that Christians do during […]