Monastery News


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 […]

Honey Challenge

The Monastic Community were recently given four jars of honey to test to see if they could tell which one came from Downside. The monks readily took on the challenge to see if they could tell which of the 2 honeys came from Downside and which 2 from a donors’ hives about 10 miles away. […]

Successful Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Father Leo led thirty six Pilgrims as they made their way through Israel and the Palestinian Territories visiting sites associated with Jesus, including Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Nazareth and Galilee. Highlights included Mass at the place of His birth in the Church of the Nativity and also on Calvary in the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre, the […]

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 […]