Belmont Abbey

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Belmont Abbey

Belmont Abbey of St Michael and All Angels at Belmont, together with our foundation in Peru, the Monastery of the Incarnation at Pachacamac, and our incorporated parishes at Abergavenny, Belmont, Weobley and Whitehaven, are all part and parcel of the organic whole we call Belmont Abbey. In addition, our monks serve on several diocesan parishes, help in the work of other monasteries and serve as chaplains to enclosed nuns and the Armed Forces. In all the monastic community is made up of about forty monks. We belong to the English Benedictine Congregation, but as is the monastic tradition each house is autonomous and a charitable trust in its own right.

Belmont Abbey has a wide range of amenities available to visitors including; toilet facilities with disabled access and ramps for those with mobility difficulties.

There is also a well-stocked abbey shop selling books, cards and religious items, which is open Monday to Saturday from 2pm until 5pm and after Mass on Sunday. No food or drink is available from the shop, however, tea, coffee and sandwiches are available from Hedley Lodge for a small charge.

In his Holy Rule Saint Benedict reminds monks that all guests are to be welcomed as Christ. At Belmont we strive to continue this monastic tradition and welcome all who are sincerely seeking to grow into a deeper communion with God. Single accommodation is available for men within the enclosure of the monastery and meals are taken in refectory with the Community. The monastic day takes its rhythm from the regular celebration of Holy Mass and the Divine Office in the Abbey church.

Belmont Abbey is an exciting and interesting place to visit and people are welcome to come and look around the church, enjoy its beautiful architecture and enjoy the peace and tranquility. You can also join in with any of the monks daily services which occur throughout the day. The church is normally open from 6am until after night prayer.

We hold frequent open days throughout the year with guided tours led by the monks and specially trained volunteers. We can also undertake private tours by prior arrangement.


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