Monastery News


During the summer, eight Downside Young Catholics walked the Camino de Santiago. The pilgrims were all reasonably tired when they finally arrived at Santiago de Compostela, having walked the Portuguese route from Tui, located just inside the Spanish border with Portugal. Some of the group were nursing nasty blisters, which made the final stretch on […]

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, […]

Br John on BBC Radio 1

Earlier this year Br John was interviewed by BBC Radio 1 about his decision to become a monk. This was aired over the weekend and is available to listen to on BBC iPlayer. Keen to explore the decision of a young man to become monk, BBC Radio 1 spent two days talking to Br John […]


Last Sunday afternoon 29 people braved the elements to take part in a CAFOD Share the Journey walk. This year Pope Francis has encouraged us all to ‘welcome our brother and sister migrants and refugees with arms wide open’ and to call on world leaders to do the same when they finalise two new global […]