Monastery News

Bristol Cathsoc Retreat

On a stormy Friday night a group of intrepid students made their way through wind and rain from Bristol to Downside for their retreat. Their theme came from St Catherine of Siena’s famous saying, ‘Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire’, using this as a springboard for […]

Armistice Centenary

On the 11th November 1918 the armistice to end the Great War was signed. A hundred years later, Downside Abbey is remembering both those monks who served as military chaplains and the Old Gregorians of the school who served and gave their lives.  Between 1914 and 1918, 14 Downside monks and a monk of Erdington […]

Religious Freedom Retreat 

Downside hosted a Retreat for young Catholic adults last weekend that examined the persecution of Christians in the world, and the reasons for this.  After Fr. Boniface described the persecution of the English Benedictines, Hugh Walters, Head of Theology at Downside School, considered whether there was a way beyond religious violence. Retreatants who thought that […]

Holy Land Pilgrims’ Reunion

Last Sunday most of the Downside 2018 Holy Land Pilgrims got together for a reunion with Fr. Leo. After Mass in the Abbey Church, they chatted over refreshments and lunch in the Visitor Centre. There was then an opportunity to reflect on their journey, with many commenting that it had made the Gospel readings more […]