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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4 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.”

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