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, bringing together the realities of their day and the wisdom of the Rule. This fusion gives monasteries a powerful energy, which is clearly present at Worth Abbey — making it a place of sanctuary today, just as in the past.
Monks seek to live out the Gospel not as isolated individuals, but as members of a community. Benedict’s ideal is for people to flourish as members of a community. The modern idea of the self-sufficient individual is foreign to his way of thinking. Monks must must think of the needs of others and not just about getting their own way. Our common love for Christ unites us on the journey to our eternal home.
“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