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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10 thoughts on “Chilworth Benedictine Abbey

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

    Search online for CHILWORTH BENEDICTINES.

    St Augustine’s Abbey,
    Sample Oak Lane,
    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 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 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.”


    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 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 or email Fr John at

  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 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

    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

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