Abbey   Stanbrook

Stanbrook Abbey

juridic titleAbbey
type of monastery 24 nuns , 115 lay oblates CongregationEnglish Congregation (Angl)address Stanbrook Abbey
YO61 4AY
England, UK
GMT offsetGMT+00:00
Telephone The number in parenthesis to be skipped when calling from abroad. +44 (0)1347 868900 +44 (0)1347 868920
fax +44 (0)1347 869048
email address
Email of the
code of closest major airport LBA
closest major city York
Thirsk or York
exitA1(M) 49 (0) (0)
craft work and other products Hand knitting, hand-made cards,calligraphy, book-binding
otherBookshop, with mail/internet order service
Literary work
Liturgical texts and music
Our archives embody our spiritual patrimony and our cultural heritage, ranging from sacred music, art and architecture, to historical books and documents
patronale feastOur Lady of Consolation (5/5)

In 1625 nine English women exiles, led by a great-great-granddaughter of St Thomas More, were professed at Cambrai, Flanders. Marked by More's love of learning and spirit of hospitality, the new community followed Father Augustine Baker into the way of an interior search for God based on the training of will, mind and heart. Harmonization of this double inheritance is the challenge which stimulates the community's continuing development under the Rule of St Benedict.
After surviving imprisonment during the French revolution the nuns returned to England in 1795 and in 1838 found a home at Stanbrook. The nuns are dedicated to the service of God and the Church in the liturgy and in contemplative prayer fed by lectio divina: to " the search for that one thing which our Saviour said to be necessary and which contains all things in itself - My God, to whom to adhere and to inhere is a good thing." (First Abbess, D. Catherine Gascoigne)

Accommodation is available locally to anyone wishing to spend some time in retreat or reflection within the ambience of the monastery and to attend the liturgy.

The community moved to Wass, North Yorkshire, in spring 2009. See for further information