Monastery News

Exhibition with Radstock Museum

We are delighted to announce that in the first half of 2018 we will be running an exhibition at Radstock Museum. Between February and April 2018, we will be running an exhibition with Radstock Museum, entitled From Douai to Downside, and documents how a community of monks arrived in Somerset in 1814. The exhibition will […]

Archive Finds: Monk Mapping

Downside Heritage volunteers have been researching the birthplaces of Downside’s community. Over the years, monks have come from all over the globe, including Egypt, Australia, Mexico and India. Our volunteers have been pinning maps showing us where the monks were born which shows for the first time how global the Downside community is. To find […]

Christmas at the Abbey Visitor Centre

Downside Visitor Centre has been beautifully decorated.  Christmas is just around the corner and festivities at Downside are in full swing. Our Visitor Centre has been fully decorated and has many Christmas gifts and ornaments. The shop is open: Monday – Friday: 9.30am – 12 Noon & 2.00pm – 4.00pm Saturday: 9.30am – 12 Noon […]

Downside welcomes young Catholics to Vocations Discernment Retreat

What a weekend! A large number of young Catholics met at Downside last weekend to listen to various talks to help them discern to what Vocation they are being called. Fr. Leo and Fr. Anselm were amongst the speakers, as also was Fr. Matt Anscombe, Vocations Director of Clifton Diocese, Sr. Elizabeth Mary Mann of the […]