Welcome To Worth Abbey.

Our vocation as monks is truly to seek God. This website offers insights into how we are responding to this call; and I hope it will encourage you in your love of God and your neighbour.

Worth Abbey is under the patronage of Our Lady, Help of Christians. We celebrate her feast on October 12th. Below you will find an excerpt from this year’s homily.

Our Lady’s example can lead us in unexpected ways. We are celebrating our patronal feast, Our Lady Help of Christians. This feast has its origins in the 16th century when Christian naval forces were fighting the Ottoman Turks. Surely Our Lady should not be associated with warfare. Is this the example we want to follow? Today’s feast can teach us that the peace of the gospel comes at a price; that we will sometimes have to wage war against the spiritual forces that threaten us, in order to experience the fullness of life.

Our Lady wants to guide us on the straight road; Mary, our mother, wants us to know the secrets of living a life of goodness, truth and beauty. This we can call a life of purity. It is a life where we see God as the source of goodness, truth and beauty, and we learn to see others and ourselves through God’s eyes. When we receive the gift of purity and integrity we see and encourage purity and integrity in those around us.

Invoking the intercession of Our Lady, Help of Christians, I pray that you will be encouraged through your contact with Worth Abbey; please pray for us.

Abbot Luke.

November 2017