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Oblates Retreat

The dates for Oblates Retreat will be –2543485_c55444c8

Monday 13th February (meet at 16.00) – Friday 17th February (depart after lunch)
And 21st August (meet at 16.00) – 26th August (depart after lunch)

Opportunity for Oblates to meet for a week of Benedictine silence and prayer with daily addresses led by TBC ?.

Only available to the Abbey of Our Lady & St John Oblates.
Please contact the Guest Master to book your week, (places are limited).

Abbot Giles Hill

There is a hymn which we sing at the Office during Passiontide, with the first line ‘Thirty years among us dwelling’. That is not so for Father Abbot, for he arrived in the house in 1967. However, 18 July 1986 saw his ordination to the Sacred Priesthood. The crafty fellow booked his monthly day off for his anniversary; so we took the opportunity to thank him at the Conventual Mass this morning for all the graces received at his priestly hands during the last thirty years . . . . and we look forward in hope to many more years of Abbot Giles’s faithful ministry.

Thank you, Barbra,


10391019_10153616134384402_5096682287150516679_n_002Many of our friends will recognise the lady seen in this picture with her husband Cesar. For fifteen and a half years, Barbra Cotelo Gomez has worked at the Abbey, firstly in the Wafer Bakery, and more recently in the Kitchen and Guesthouse. Today was her last day at work with us. Please join us in wishing her well as she moves on to pastures new, with different challenges. Thank you, Barbra, for all you have been for us.