Foundation Day Anniversary 2020

The legendary Bro Duncan PBGV welcoming visitors to Howton Grove

On this day in 2004, with the approval of the Holy See, we received our formal decree of canonical erection as an autonomous Benedictine monastery from Bishop Crispian Hollis of Portsmouth. What a lot has happened since then! We are now in the diocese of Cardiff where circumstances mean that our once pioneering internet outreach has had to change form a little, though we hope it is still of service to the Church and the wider public. Today will be spent giving thanks for the blessings we have received and in praying for all our benefactors, living and dead. I daresay there will be a celebratory treat or two as well. Slightly against my better judgement, I’ve agreed to take part in this morning’s edition of BBC 1’s Sunday Morning Live — so a prayer for that, too, wouldn’t go amiss. Thank you.

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