Monastery News

Tours of the Abbey and Library

Join Downside Abbey for a tour of the Abbey Church and Monastery Library. The new windows in the Monastery Library are finished, which means we are open again for tours.  Tours can be booked online and purchased either for yourself or as a gift. Gifts include a certificate in a presentation wallet. Once booked, you […]

Perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Following a beautiful All Saints’ Day Mass celebrated by the Prior, Dom Leo, a separate service was held in the Crypt Chapel to commission Adorers to pray before the Blessed Sacrament. The Chapel was overflowing, with standing room only at the back. From 1 November to 3 December 2017, Perpetual Adoration will be held in […]

Preorder: Monks in the Military

We are excited to share that the Downside Abbey Press‘ latest book is now available for preorder.  Monks in the Military: Benedictine Chaplains in the British Armed Forces during the Twentieth Century Military chaplaincy is an old and honourable aspect of the Catholic priesthood. The ordained man serves those fighting for their country by administering […]

Monks to feature on the BBC

Downside Abbey monks record for BBC Four and BBC Radio 3. The Benedictine monks of Downside Abbey feature in a new innovative television mini-series broadcast on BBC Four this month alongside a series of radio programmes on BBC Radio 3. Retreat: Meditations from the Monastery is a ‘slow TV’ series that explores the everyday lives […]