Chilworth Benedictine Abbey

Chilworth Abbey

Chilworth Abbey

St Augustine’s Abbey, Chilworth (formerly St Augustine’s Abbey, Ramsgate, 1856 – 2011) is one of four Benedictine monasteries in Great Britain forming the English Province of the international Benedictine Subiaco-Cassinese Congregation. The Abbey was founded as a result of the invitation made by Bishop Thomas Grant, the first Bishop of Southwark, to the Italian abbot Dom Pietro Casaretto, to send monks from St Benedict’s own monastery at Subiaco to undertake a mission at Ramsgate. By 1856 arrangements between Bishop Grant and Abbot Casaretto were concluded and the first monk, Dom Wilfrid Alcock, arrived to take charge at the Ramsgate mission which had been made possible thanks to the building of a Gothic church by the famous Gothic Revivalist architect Augustus Welby Pugin, which was donated to the Diocese of Southwark before his premature death in 1852. The Community relocated to Chilworth near Guildford in Surrey, in November 2011, and now lives and prays in what was a Franciscan Friary of the Order of Friars Minor (OFMs).

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  1. From St.Augustine’s Abbey, Chilworth (Benedictine monks)

    We are a community of ROMAN CATHOLIC monks following the ORDER OF ST BENEDICT (Subiaco Cassinese Congregation) and WELCOME ALL visitors of faith and none, including those exploring their spirituality and vocation.

    MASS with the monastic community is available to the public daily from Monday to Saturday at 9am and on Sunday at 10am.

    DIVINE OFFICE is also available to the public from Monday to Friday: Vigils 5.50am – 6.30am (Sunday Vigils at 8.00pm on Saturdays) Lauds 7.00am – 7.25am Terce 8.40am – 8.50am (8.30am on Sundays) Sext 12.30pm – 12.45pm (12.45pm on Sundays) None 1.35pm – 1.45pm Vespers 6.00pm – 6.30pm Compline 8.30pm-8.50pm.

    We have a GUEST HOUSE, RETREATS, MEDITATION GROUPS, STUDY GROUPS, HEALING DAYS and EVENTS, all welcoming visitors too.

    We also make and sell ‘Sanctuary Products’, a range of skin creams made of bees wax, also furniture polish.

    Search online for CHILWORTH BENEDICTINES. http://www.chilworthbenedictines.com

    St Augustine’s Abbey,
    Sample Oak Lane,
    Chilworth,
    Surrey
    GU4 8QR

    Tel: 01483 899360

  2. Christmas 2019 at St Augustine’s Abbey, Chilworth near Guildford

    All are welcome, as always, to this Catholic Benedictine monastery, which is open to the public every day of the year.
    Sunday 15th December – 3pm – Advent Carol Service – followed by light refreshments
    Tuesday 24th December – 12pm – Midnight Mass of the Nativity, preceded by carols at 11.30 pm – followed by light refreshments.
    Wednesday 25th December – 10am – Mass of the Nativity
    Plus: Mass Mondays to Saturdays 9am, Sundays 10am and Divine Office daily throughout the year.

    Find out more at http://www.chilworthbenedictines.com or call 01483 899360.

    Sample Oak Lane, Chilworth, Guildford GU4 8QR – a short walk from Chilworth railway station

  3. Find yourself at St Augustine’s Abbey, Chilworth

    All are welcome, as always, to this Catholic Benedictine monastery, a place of prayer and tranquility that’s open to the public every day of the year:

    – Mass Mondays to Saturdays 9am, Sundays 10am
    – Divine Office seven times daily
    – Weekly ecumenical lay meditation group: Wednesdays 7.30pm-8.15pm

    Find out about study days, events, retreats and more at http://www.chilworthbenedictines.com or call 01483 899360

  4. Time to grow in faith

    Dom Andrew McNeill OSB, Benedictine monk at St Augustine’s Abbey, Chilworth, writes with us all in mind:

    “We are all in a time for crisis; whoever we are, wherever we are, we are all in the same situation.

    We may have to suffer endlessly, whether through physical or spiritual pain, what then?

    When life seems empty and aimless, what then?

    Has our faith rooted itself deeply enough to help us cope with this situation, so that it does not control us?

    Can we see this situation as a growing time in holiness, or better still, more Christ-like?

    May we use this time as a growing time in faithfulness.

    Wishing you the Joy of New Life at Easter. United in Prayer.

    The above I have paraphrased from ‘Living Lent’ by Marianne Dorman.”

  5. OPPORTUNITY TO BUY OR SELL SKIN PRODUCTS MADE BY LOCAL BENEDICTINE MONKS

    A LOCKDOWN surplus in production of organic beewsax skin and lip creams made by Benedictine monks in their monastery at Chilworth, near Guildford in Surrey is being offered to the public to try at a reduced price of buy two, get one free (plus postage and packing) whilst stocks last.

    In addition to a life of prayer and contemplation, the Benedictine monks at St Augustine’s Abbey, Chilworth – five miles from Guildford – amongst other activities, make and sell their own lip balms and skin creams from beeswax as well as a popular furniture polish.

    Organic beeswax lip balms (each 25 ml) come in natural, aniseed & lemon, orange, lemon, peppermint and aniseed flavours and cost £3.95 each. Buy two and get one free.

    Organic beeswax skin creams (each 50ml) come in coconut, honey & rose, natural, lavendar and vanilla and cost £7.95 each. Buy two and get one free.

    Organic beeswax furniture polish (each 100ml) cost £3.95 each. Buy two and get one free.

    Postage (second class) and packing is usually £3.00 for three items, more for further items.

    All are now being offered to the public to buy by mail order at a reduced price for readers of this publication ordering on the Abbey’s website http://www.chilworthbenedictines.com from 15 June until 30 September 2020. Please quote this publication.

    “Monks making skin products might seem like a strange combination,” says the Benedictine monk who oversees production Fr John Seddon OSB, “but historically monasteries have made and sold items to help them sustain themselves whilst the production process can also be unusually prayerful. This is what we do at Chilworth and we now find that we have an oversupply of products thanks to Lockdown and we want to offer our products for the public to try, subject to availability.

    “Once Lockdown is over, the Abbey Church at St Augustine’s Abbey in Sample Oak Lane, Chilworth is open 365 days a year to all members of the public of faith and none and the monks are keen to welcome everyone to pray with us here,” Fr John added.

    Meanwhile, any shops or outlets wanting to sell the monks’ products are very welcome to get in touch.

    For more information about St Augustine’s Abbey, Chilworth and this offer, visit the online shop at http://www.chilworthbenedictines.com or email Fr John at jas4430@aol.com

  6. St Augustine’s Abbey, Chilworth – a living Roman Catholic Benedictine monastery
    SUNDAY 10AM MASSES in the Abbey Church are AVAILABLE for up to 32 PEOPLE

    Sunday 10am Mass with the monks at the Catholic Benedictine monastery of St Augustine’s Abbey, Chilworth near Guildford remains open during the Covid-19 Pandemic to a limited number of members of the public. For the time being, the total congregation will be restricted to 32, twenty places of which will be made available for those people who normally attend weekly Mass at the Abbey. Sung Gregorian Chant during public Mass has temporarily ceased.

    The additional 12 places are available on request on a first come first served basis – for these places or any questions, please contact Deirdre Leach at d.leach@waitrose.com or 01483 203920.

    Regular members of the Congregation – and anyone else – are very welcome to sign up to the Abbey’s email news bulletin to receive updates and Abbey news: please sign up on the Abbey’s website at http://www.chilworthbenedictines.com

    With regret, daily Mass, daily Divine Office and all of the Abbey’s events remain suspended and not open to the public.

    WHAT’S NEW: see the Abbey’s website to ‘ASK US TO PRAY FOR YOU’ (we receive requests from all over the world). You can also buy our new monk-made CHILWORTH ROSARY BEADS!

    St Augustine’s Abbey, Sample Oak Lane, Chilworth, Guildford, Surrey GU4 8QR

  7. St Augustine’s Abbey, Chilworth
    News item 13 July 2021
    A SPECIAL OFFER for you from Chilworth’s Benedictine monks

    Chilworth’s Benedictine monks at St Augustine’s Abbey, Chilworth near Guildford are offering a buy 2 get 1 free (plus postage and packing) online offer on their popular monk-made organic beeswax skin creams, lip balms and furniture polish. The offer is subject to availability.

    Large numbers of the creams, balms and polish have sold in the last year and orders even come in from as far as Australia and the USA!

    The 25 ml pots of lip balm cost £3.95 each and come in different flavours: natural; lemon; peppermint; orange; aniseed; and aniseed & lemon.

    The 50 ml skin cream pots cost £7.50 each and come in: vanilla; natural; lavender; honey & rose; and coconut.

    The 100 ml furniture polish costs £4.50 each.

    Any excess income from product sales helps to pay for the maintenance of the Victorian Grade II listed Abbey Church and monastery, so thank you for your support!

    To buy, please visit https://www.chilworthbenedictines.com/shops/ The Benedictine Abbey Online Shop at St Augustine’s Abbey, Chilworth stocks over 80 religious products.

    If of interest, please also check the the Abbey’s website for details how to attend Sunday 10am Roman Catholic Mass with the Benedictine monks at St Augustine’s Abbey, Chilworth and updates about Covid restrictions.

    Outside of the pandemic, members of the public are welcome to pray in the Abbey Church at St Augustine’s Abbey, Chilworth 365 days a year – daily Mass is at 9am, Sunday Mass is at 10am, Divine Office takes place seven times a day and the Monastic Guest House welcomes members of the public on retreat. An online Divine Mercy Hour (3-4pm) takes place every day, accompanied by an online Mass every Saturday afternoon.

    St Augustine’s Abbey, Sample Oak Lane, Chilworth, Guildford, Surrey GU4 8QR Tel: 01483 899360 http://www.chilworthbenedictines.com

  8. WELCOME BACK

    As of 19 July 2021, the Roman Catholic Benedictine monastery Abbey Church at St Augustine’s Abbey, Chilworth near Guildford in Surrey is OPEN to members of the public to join the Benedictine monks for:

    – Daily 9am Mass (Mon-Sat)
    – Sunday 10am Mass
    – Daily Divine Office – seven times a day
    – Daily private prayer in church from 5.30am – 8.50pm

    No need to book.

    Our Monastic Guest House is open to individual members of the public to experience monastic life at arm’s length on a self catering basis, one guest at a time – please book well in advance.

    Visit us online at https://www.chilworthbenedictines.com

    GOD GIVE YOU PEACE

  9. CHRISTMAS 2021 – Come to our Carol Concert and Holy Catholic Mass at St Augustine’s Abbey, Chilworth (Sample Oak Lane, just up the road from Chilworth Railway Station)

    Please feel very welcome to join Chilworth’s Benedictine monks for

    St Augustine’s Abbey, Chilworth’s
    ADVENT CAROL SERVICE 2021
    Sunday 19 December 2021, 3pm

    MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC – all faiths and none – ARE ALWAYS WELCOME in person

    Mince pies and mulled wine afterwards
    No need to book

    You are also very welcome to:

    CHRISTMAS 2021 ROMAN CATHOLIC MASS in person – no need to book

    Friday 24 December 2021
    11.30pm Carols
    12.00am Midnight Mass of the Nativity

    Saturday 25 December 2021
    10.00am Christmas Day Mass

    Sunday 26 December 2021
    10.00am Mass

    Monday 27 December 2021
    9.00am Mass

    Tuesday 28 December 2021
    9.00am Mass

    Also please CHECK our Benedictine Abbey ONLINE SHOP for Christmas gifts, many are monk-made, including CHILWORTH ROSARY BEADS and our popular beeswax skin cream, lip balm and furniture polish!

    Normal Roman Catholic Mass times, every day of the year: Daily 9am Mass (Mon-Sat), Sunday 10am Mass (coffee with the monks afterwards) plus Divine Office seven times daily – sometimes in GREGORIAN CHANT – 365 days year
    We have an occasional Spanish spoken Mass – Venid a nuestra misa en espanol

    St Augustine’s Abbey, Sample Oak Lane, Chilworth, Guildford, Surrey GU4 8QR
    We are a short walk away from Chilworth Railway Station
    Pilgrims from The Pilgrims’ Way are very welcome
    Visit us online at: http://www.chilworthbenedictines.com

  10. TEN YEARS AT CHILWORTH

    Here, Fr Abbot, Rt Rev Dom Paulinus Greenwood OSB, Abbot of St Augustine’s Abbey, Chilworth speaks with gratitude of the tenth anniversary of the Benedictine monastic community being at Chilworth – as spoken at the end of Sunday Mass on 28 November 2021:

    Ten years ago, on the First Sunday of Advent, I stood here, at the end of Mass, and welcomed the people to the first public Mass to be celebrated in this church in almost a year. The church was full. It was ‘standing room only’. People had returned, curious to see what these Benedictines looked like, and how they celebrated the liturgy.

    The Franciscans had left in the previous January, and the doors of this church had been closed to the public for about eleven months, during which time our monastic Community had gradually relocated from our monastery in Ramsgate on the Kent coast, where we had lived and worked since 1856.

    What I said when I spoke to the congregation 10 years ago was a word of Welcome, adding that I wasn’t quite sure who was welcoming whom, since many of the people at that Mass had been worshipping here for many years, under the Franciscans, when it was a thriving Parish, long before we arrived.

    This is no longer a Parish, officially. But there is still a strong sense of belonging and loyalty to this place, this beautiful church, and its history. Some of you who were here 10 years ago, are here today. There are also people here who never knew the Franciscans. A new generation has sprung up. New historical connections are being forged. And we no longer feel like the ‘new boys’!

    The welcome we monks received 10 years ago, is still very keenly felt, and we continue to be grateful for the help, support, and friendship that we receive from all of you, in so many different ways. And we hope that the feeling is mutual.

    On behalf of the Monastic Community, I wish you a blessèd Advent, and a Happy shared 10th Anniversary!

    Notes:

    The Roman Catholic Benedictine monastery of St Augustine’s Abbey, Chilworth is not far from Guildford and is open to members of the public 365 days a year for daily 9am Mass, Sunday 10am Mass and daily Divine Office. We have a Spanish speaking Mass too. Our Advent Carol Service is on Sunday 19 December 2021 at 3pm. The monks often sing and pray in Gregorian Chant. St Augustine’s Abbey is a short walk away from Chilworth railway station. Visit us online at http://www.chilworthbenedictines.com

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