A Plea from the Bursar

Firstly I would like to thank you all, on behalf of the Abbot and Community, for your continued support of the Abbey and its works.

Many of you will know that that HMRC have tightened the rules governing gift aid. Gift Aid is an important source of revenue to the Abbey and we want to make sure that we both maximise its benefits and adhere strictly to the new rules. Continue reading A Plea from the Bursar

Message from Br John,

I would like to welcome you to our website, and thank you for your patience, whilst repair and alterations were being carried out. Although the site is now live there will be further changes to enable ease of access.

Fr Abbot and the brethren would like to thank Steve Kirkby of Alton Websites (steve@altonwebsites.com Mobile: 07904 664489) for all his work and professional expertise.

We would also like to welcome Stephen Foster as Webmaster, contactable via this site.

Lenten Blessings

Br John OSB

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 make them known to us.

Please follow the link above with your intentions, they need not be long and complicated. God knows all the details.

The brethren here at Alton would be very happy to include your living or deceased family or friends in our daily prayer.

Please pray for us also. Thank 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 of the present building was laid in February 1886 – just two years after the ordination to the diaconate of Charles Plomer Hopkins. The building work on the Cathedral was completed in 1891, by which time Fr Hopkins had moved on to chaplaincy in Calcutta.

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 most distant oblate lives in New Zealand

– we have oblates in the UK, USA, Spain, Norway, New Zealand, Denmark, Cyprus & Australia

– the longest-professing, living oblate was clothed in 1965 (On my first birthday! Webmaster)

 

Oblates – watch out for responses to your ideas, coming up in the next few months…