Around 500 guests left their busy lives to spend a weekend of quiet reflection and prayer with the monks of Ampleforth Abbey this past Easter weekend.
The retreat – “New Beginning, New Hope” – considered how, by taking part in the events of Holy Week, people can change and make a new start in their lives.
The Rule of St Benedict says all guests “are to be welcomed as Christ”. Those who come to Ampleforth – whether fellow Catholics, other Christians, people of other faiths or those seeking greater meaning in their lives – are welcome to share in monastic hospitality and the prayer of the monks in the choir of the Abbey Church.
Fr Terence Richardson, Prior and Dean of Hospitality said: “I speak for all at Ampleforth in extending a warm and holy welcome to visitors.
“I pray that those who come and stay with us, through the prayer and silence of the monastery may have an opportunity to accept St Benedict’s instruction to listen to what the Lord is saying to us.”