Becoming a monk

Interested in becoming a monk?

“Let us open our eyes to the divine light.” (from the Prologue to The Rule of Saint Benedict)

Do you think you might have a calling to the monastic way of life?

Our Lord and Saviour said, “I came that they might have life and have it abundantly”. Our monastery is about fullness of life in Christ. Monastic life has its discipline, inspired by the Gospel, but this is to remove hindrances to joy. This joy is the joy of God Himself, which nothing can touch.

If you are interested, you are welcome to come to stay in the guesthouse to get a sense of our life. We also offer Monastic Experience Weekends. See details here.

You can contact the novice master or, just to stay in the guesthouse, the guest master using our contact form here. The postal address is Quarr Abbey, Ryde, Isle of Wight, PO33 4ES. We should be pleased to tell you more about our way of life.

Some requirements for joining:

  • To be a practising Catholic of at least two years standing.
  • To visit Quarr Abbey guesthouse on several occasions, for a preliminary discernment of your vocation.
  • Good health and psychological balance are important.

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Your generosity helps preserve Quarr for future generations...

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Your generosity helps preserve Quarr for future generations...

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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