New line of Incense

For thousands of years incense has been used in liturgy and worship with monks of all persuasions involved in its production. Here at Alton the monks have supplied a range of incense grains for ecclesiastical use since 1895, using blended aromatic gums and flower oils from around the world. Recent production has focused on Rosa […]

‘As We Are’ ?

Susan Morris and Alfred Bradley present a talk with readings about writer – E F Benson at Alton Abbey Friday June 20th 7.30 p.m. Edward Frederic Benson (1867-1940) is the celebrated and much admired author of novels, reminiscences and horror stories, describing himself as ‘uncontrollably prolific’. His Mapp and Lucia series, about small town life […]

Requests for Prayers

“I appeal to you brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers on my behalf.” (Romans 15:30) Prayer is our Life and our work here at Alton Abbey, and we welcome the opportunity to pray for your intentions and needs as you […]

Where it all started…

On a recent visit to Burma (Myanmar), Bakery Manager Carole Whittle and her husband Emil made a visit to the Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity in Rangoon (now Yangon). The founder of Alton Abbey was the organist of Rangoon Cathedral from 1883-1889; after his ordination, he combined the posts of organist and river port chaplain. The foundation stone […]

Alton Abbey – Formational Place & Community

Here is an interesting article by Methodist minister James Pritchard who has been a member of the Community’s extended family since he was 8 years old! In it he reflects on the importance of people and places in one’s spiritual formation. The whole blog is worth a read. We look forward to reading the outcome […]

Interesting Facts About Our Oblates

Dom Timothy, the Oblate Master, is in the middle of revising our register of oblates. He has discovered that: – we have 101 oblates, of whom 9 are probationers – clergy compose 60% of the register, laity 40% – the oblate living nearest the Abbey lives in the Gatehouse of the Abbey itself! – the […]

Bro John & the Community

L-R: Postulant Fr. Alan Salmon; Dom Nicholas Seymour; Abbot Giles Hill; Dom Timothy Bavin; Prior Andrew Johnson; Brother John Towson; Dom Anselm Shobrook; Abbot William Hughes; and Novice Brother Benedict Hintikka

“Our Sailors”, 1893

Our founder, Fr ‘Chas’ Hopkins began his work in Rangoon but eventually moved to Calcutta. In 1893 he published a short history of his new society to drum up much needed prayer, recruits & funds. The booklet was called “Our Sailors” and several images are available on Alton Abbey’s Facebook place page.