Worth Abbey is an English Benedictine monastery, a sanctuary where the Gospel of Christ is expressed through a community life of prayer and service.

At its heart is a community of Catholic monks who follow the life-giving guidance of the Rule of St. Benedict. The fusion of daily life with the wisdom of the Rule gives monasteries like Worth a powerful energy.

The monastic life is centered around Bible reading (“Lectio Divina”), personal prayer, sacred liturgy, hospitality and discipleship.

Monks seek to live out the Gospel not as isolated individuals (modern individualism is foreign to Benedict’s way of thinking), but as members of a community. Our common love for Christ unites us on the journey to our eternal home.

For two personal accounts, read Fr Philip Gaisford’s story and Fr Aidan Murray’s story.

“Let them prefer nothing whatever to Christ, and may he bring us all together to everlasting life.” (RB 72:11-12)

“At the heart of the church and the world, monasteries continue to be eloquent signs of communion, welcoming places for those seeking God, schools of faith, places of dialogue and culture, building up the church and the earthly city in expectation of the heavenly city.”
— Pope John Paul II, 1996

Listen carefully, my son, to the master’s instructions, and attend to them with the ear of your heart. This is advice from a father who loves you: welcome it, and faithfully put it into practice.
RULE OF ST BENEDICT PROLOGUE:1