Monastery News

New Prior Announced at Downside

The Monastic Community at Downside has successfully petitioned the Holy See for the the continuation of the current administrative arrangements at Downside Abbey for a further two years which means that a Prior Administrator leads the Community as opposed to an Abbot. The Community is relatively low in numbers and the English Benedictine Congregation now […]

John Tabor Ordination

John Tabor (C91) was ordained to the priesthood on 30th June in Westminster Cathedral by Cardinal Vincent Nichols, for service as a priest of the Diocese of Westminster. He has been appointed Assistant Priest in the Parish of SS Peter and Paul Northfields in West London. Photo credit Marcin Mazur and the CBCEW.  You can […]

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. […]