Belmont Brother to take Solemn Vows

News from Belmont Abbey as Abbot Paul and the Community announce the impending Solemn Profession of Br. David Yates:

With great joy we announce the Solemn Profession of our brother, Dom David Yates, which will take place during the Conventual Mass on Tuesday, 2nd February 2016, Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple and the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Mass will begin at 11.30am with the Blessing of Candles in the Cloister and the Procession to the Abbey Church. All are invited to join us for this great celebration.

Dom David has an M.A. in Ancient History from the University of St Andrews and an M.Sc. in Heritage and Museum Studies from the University of Portsmouth. He is presently studying Philosophy with London University. He entered the monastery in June 2011, was clothed as a Novice on 1st February 2012 and made his First Profession on 2nd February 2013. Please keep him in your prayers.

Abbot Paul and the Belmont Community


Brother David Yates (centre)


Modern dramatisation on the life of Britain’s first Christian martyr coming to the Archdiocese of Cardiff

Soldier to Saint

Soldier to Saint is an explosive, original one-act play by RISE theatre packing a powerful punch and bringing to life the inspirational story of Saint Alban, Britain’s first Christian martyr.  The play was such a success last year, RISE are embarking on another national tour for 2014.

Be immersed into the gritty world of London 2020 …where religious expression has been made illegal. John Alban is an ordinary soldier whose life is about to change forever. As Christians are forced into hiding and rioting hits the streets, John strikes an unlikely friendship with a fugitive priest – a friendship that could cost him his life.

Through this thought-provoking play, RISE theatre gets straight to the heart of themes that resonate with many of us – friendship, sacrifice, the search for truth and the challenge to stand up for our beliefs and values in an increasingly secular society.

Within the Archdiocese the play is being hosted at TWO venues one on each side of the English/Welsh border.

The first performance takes place on 24th March 2014 and is hosted by The Cathedral Choir School in Llandaf, Cardiff.  The performance will take place in their Roald Dahl Studio.

The second performance is to be hosted by our very own Belmont parish on 28th March 2014.  This will take place at Hedley Lodge, Hereford. Doors open 7:00pm for 7:30pm start.

The performance is suitable for ages 12+

Tickets are £6 each and can be purchased online at or, for the Belmont performance you can also contact the Parish Office (01432) 277319.

Monks of Belmont Abbey Sing Vespers at Cathedral

On Sunday, 20th January 2013, at the invitation of the Archbishop of Cardiff, the Most Reverend George Stack, the Belmont Community sang Vespers at St David’s Cathedral, Cardiff to mark the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity .

Abbot Paul preached on the “Origins of the Welsh Church in Celtic times”. Although the congregation was small due to the adverse weather conditions the celebration went very well everyone present felt it was a fitting start to the week of Prayer for Christian Unity.