Internships at Quarr Abbey

Quarr Abbey is inviting applications from men between the age of eighteen and twenty-five for a limited number of monastic internships. These will offer the successful candidates the possibility of living in the monastery for eight weeks, following a way of life similar to that of the monks. During this time they will learn about the Benedictine tradition and have the opportunity to deepen their prayer and reflection on the Bible. They will be expected to contribute by their work to the welfare of the monastery and in return will receive board, lodging, teaching and guidance. The hope is that, with God’s help, they will establish a lasting spiritual foundation for their lives.

Programmes will be arranged according to the dates that suit successful candidates. Early application is advised for the summer months, as this is when the greatest demand is. Those interested in applying are asked to write to Father Luke Bell at or by using our contact form here.

We aim to offer you:

  • Two months stay, with full board and lodging in an area set aside for interns, in the peace and seclusion of our monastery and its grounds.
  • A share in the life of the monastery, both its prayer and its work.
  • Time and quiet for prayer and prayerful reading of the Bible and the writings of the saints.
  • Guidance with this reading and prayer.
  • Teaching from the monks on such subjects as The Rule of Saint Benedict, monastic history, liturgy, scripture and spiritual writers.
  • The possibility of talking to someone who will listen to you.
  • Some opportunity to socialise with the monks.

We ask of you:

  • Attendance at most of the monastic offices of prayer.
  • Reflection with an open heart on God’s word in the Bible and willingness to pray.
  • Observance of the times and places of silence, and the rules of enclosure, customary in the monastery.
  • Attendance at classes as indicated above.
  • Four hours of work each day except Sundays and major feasts, and housework keeping your living area clean and tidy.
  • Restraint within agreed parameters in the use of electronic communications.
BBC Interview with a previous intern.

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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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