Worth Abbey

3rd Oct 2010 Media reports on The Big Silence News about the BBC programme 'The Big Silence' 20th Oct 2010 The Big Silence A new section on this website with information about the BBC TWO Series "The Big Silence"
The BBC have told us that
the dates of transmission are going to be Friday evenings at 19:00 - 20:00 on BBC TWO on October 22nd, 29th and November 5th, 2010.
At the heart of Worth Abbey is a community of 25 Catholic monks who follow the Rule of St Benedict, a Rule written 1,500 years ago but which still offers life-giving guidance to men and women today.
The monks of Worth have created a sanctuary where the Gospel of Christ is expressed through a community life of prayer and service. They take vows that involve sharing their possessions, living together without marrying and accepting the guidance of the community. They run a school, a parish and a retreat house, as well as more fluid responses to the changing needs of church and society. Currently, these include working with young people, with refugees and with the poor of Peru.
This web site helps you to find out more about the life of the monks at Worth (see Monastic Life) and offers you the opportunity to participate in some aspects of that life (see The Open Cloister).
There is more information about Worth Abbey in the web pages connected with 'The Monastery', a three-part TV series broadcast in May 2005, filmed at Worth Abbey.
Worth 75
In 2008-9 Worth Abbey celebrated 75 years since it was founded by monks from Downside Abbey in Somerset. A number of events took place to celebrate this anniversary starting with Solemn Vespers for Michaelmas Eve, 28th September 2008, exactly 75 years after Vespers was first celebrated at Worth in 1933. Further details are available on the Worth 75 website.


You can visit Worth Abbey, although the grounds and buildings are not open to the public.
Visiting the Abbey Church
The Church is open every day for personal visits. You can come for a time on your own, or you can attend a service. For the times of services, click here. To attend a service, simply take an order of service and sit in the main body of the church (or next to the monks if invited to). Please note that monastic prayer is not suitable for small children.
See here for a special invitation to Sunday Vespers in connection with BBC 2's 'The Monastery'
For a day
If you would like to bring a group for a day retreat, please contact the Church Administrator or see The Open Cloister which runs a number of day events

For a few days
Although we are mainly Roman Catholic, we welcome everyone - we hope to have something to offer to anyone seeking God in the uncertainties of human life. There is an extensive programme of residential retreats - see the section of this website on The Open Cloister
Individual Retreatants
All guests staying for a few days share the monastic timetable in the church. Individual men may stay in the Monastery Guest House and eat with the monks in the monastic refectory; women may stay in Compass House on a self-catering basis. Contact the Guestmaster, Fr Thomas, at guestmaster@worthabbey.net
Joining a group retreat
Unlike most other "Retreat Centres", you will be coming, not just to a pleasant building but also, to share in the experience of a living, working Christian community. See the section of this website on The Open Cloister
For a lifetime
See Becoming a Monk
(For directions, see Travel to Worth Abbey) Monastery Enquiries
Worth Abbey
CRAWLEY
West Sussex
RH10 4SB
01342 710310
Email to TheMonastery@worthabbey.net
Worth Abbey is Registered Company - number 04475556
and a Registered Charity - number 1093913
Other Departments of Worth Abbey
The Open Cloister for Retreats
Worth Abbey Parish - part of the RC Diocese of Arundel and Brighton
Worth School - Catholic Benedictine 11-18 co-educational boarding & day school



Directions
By Air:
London Gatwick Airport is 6 miles away and
has regular scheduled flights around the UK, Europe
and International destinations.
By Rail:
The nearest main line station is Three Bridges
which is only 4 miles away and is on the London to
Brighton Railway line.
By Road:
Worth Abbey is located close to Crawley and
the M23, just 32 miles from London and 22 miles
from Brighton, making it easily accessible via the UK
road network.
Sat Nav: Use postcode RH10 4SB
Scroll down this page for a series of map images leading to Worth Abbey
and some written directions for how to drive to Worth Abbey from various points of the compass.
Maps and directions are also available as pdf files by clicking on each map.

The good, the true and the beautiful are gateways that lead us to God. The arts are an expression of all three and so monasteries have always valued architecture, music and all the arts. So monastic worship involves the abbey church as a beautiful building, the chant as beautiful music and the decorations as beautiful art. We offer here some examples of beautiful art from our monastery, only one of which ("Christ") is on public display.
N.B. All images are Copyright © 2006 of Worth Abbey and may not be reproduced without permission. Contact: Fr Patrick Fludder. All rights reserved.

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