Library News

Dedication of the Abbey Church

On 12th September 1935, the biggest Roman Catholic ceremony in the west of England since the Reformation took place here at Downside. The consecration of the Abbey Church took place on this day, with the ceremony being carried out by The Prince Primate of Hungary, Cardinal Seredi. He was assisted by two cardinals, seven archbishops, […]

IMSSS Symposium at Downside 2018

Over 70 delegates from the IMSSS visited Downside Abbey to have a day conference in the abbey church. The Heritage team joined Dom James in exhibiting a collection of relics, manuscripts and vestments in the sacristy for the delegates. A lecture series and workshop took place in the abbey church exploring some of Downside’s rarest […]

Benedictine Bath Vespers

Benedictine Bath 2018 opened this week with the monastic community of Downside Abbey singing Vespers at St John’s Foundation.  The community was joined by the choir of St John the Evangelist and the chapel was filled with guests who all enjoyed the Gregorian Chant. After Vespers a selection of refreshments was provided by St John’s […]

Br John working with BBC Radio 1

BBC Radio 1 have been at Downside recently working with Br John as part of a new series of podcasts they are producing.  Br John spent two days working with the team from the BBC as they followed him on his daily life for a podcast which explores young people who have chosen different lifestyles. […]