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Ampleforth Abbey

We are a community of 46 monks, who seek God according to the Gospel and the Rule of St Benedict. At the heart of our life together are our common celebration of the Liturgy of the Hours and the Eucharist, our private prayer, and our reflection on the Word of God in Scripture (lectio divina).

We are committed to support and serve each other, as we strive daily for personal and communal holiness, in fidelity to monastic living.

We seek to establish and maintain a joyful, simple and balanced life in prayer, work and time for each other.

We aim to serve the Church and the world in all our worksincluding our traditional commitment to pastoral ministry and hospitality, trying to recognise Christ in all whom we meet.

In all this, we aspire to offer to the world a witness to the lasting values of the Gospel.

Ampleforth Abbey is a place of nourishing presence, and a site of continuous prayer since 1802.

As you are welcomed into this remarkable history, we invite you to become part of the rhythm of life here, in whatever way serves you best.



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