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St Benedict’s Centre – Malling Abbey

Situated within the grounds of Malling Abbey, St Benedict’s Centre welcomes individuals and groups seeking a place to rest, retreat, study, create, meet and/or work.

Malling Abbey is home to a community of Anglican Benedictine Nuns who continue to embody the Rule of St Benedict in their daily rhythms of prayer, worship, work and study.

St Benedict’s Centre is an exciting collaboration between the Benedictine Community at Malling Abbey and the Diocese of Rochester.

Opened in 2016, the newly developed Centre, using the Guest House, the Western Range and the Pilgrim Chapel has well-equipped spaces for those wanting personal or professional space and for groups of up to 50 people.

St Benedict’s Centre is also home to St Augustine’s college of Theology (formerly SEITE- South East Institute for Theological Education) and is a Diocese of Rochester training location for the Bishop’s Certificate in Foundation for Christian Ministry, Licensed Lay Ministry and Continuing Ministerial Development training.

Following the Benedictine tradition of hospitality we endeavour to offer a warm, whole-hearted and sincere welcome to all our guests and those enquiring about St Benedict’s Centre and Malling Abbey.

St Benedict said: ‘All guests who present themselves are to be welcomed as Christ, for he himself will say: I was a stranger and you welcomed me.’ Rule of St Benedict 53:1

At the Centre, in our close relationship with the Benedictine Community at Malling Abbey, we are eager to reflect the rhythm and pattern of Benedictine community life in and through our hospitality and programme.

We are passionate about hospitality and we would be delighted to welcome you or your group here.

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