Benedictine Monks

The Order of St. Benedict comprises numerous monasteries of monks and nuns located in various regions throughout the world. Almost all Benedictine monasteries belong to a congregation, which consists of a single monastery at the centre, usually called the ‘motherhouse’, and then several other monasteries either founded from the motherhouse, or from other monasteries within the congregation. Thus, the Benedictine Confederation is a group of different congregations or families of monasteries.

Each monastery has a superior, an abbot or prior, who governs the community of monks rather like a father does his family. Although the monasteries belong to a congregation centred upon a motherhouse, each monastery is, nevertheless, autonomous and responsible for its own spiritual and temporal well-being, guided by the constitutions of the congregation. Some congregations consist of monasteries which are more ‘active’ in their manner of living the monastic life, perhaps running schools or parishes, while other congregations are more ‘contemplative’, with monasteries focussing more on a separation from the world, with a greater emphasis on prayer and work within the confines or cloister of the monastery.

What unites all Benedictine monasteries throughout the world is the rule that they use as the inspiration and norm for the lives of the monks, the Rule of St. Benedict.

St. Benedict

Our sole source for the life of St. Benedict (c. 480 – c.550) is the second book of the Dialogues of St. Gregory the G …

Benedictine Monasteries

Over the centuries Benedictine monasteries have played a vital role in evangelization. Although the followers of St. Ben …

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Welcome to the Abbey of Our Lady of Quarr, a monastery on the Isle of Wight, just off the south coast of England. It is home to a small group of Benedictine monks who strive to dedicate their lives to the glory of God, and whose day is characterised by prayer, work and community life.

Quarr Abbey is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Visitors are welcome to attend worship in the Abbey Church. You can visit our gardens, take refreshment in our Tea Shop and find out about the monastery in our Visitor Centre. The Farm Shop offers home grown produce and the Monastery Shop religious articles, books and souvenirs. There is a new exhibition of the work of local artists every week in the gallery.

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