Welcome to Turvey Abbey!
We seek God in prayer and by trying to live out Gospel values, in love and mutual service, open to the needs of the contemporary world.
As a Benedictine community, the liturgy holds first place in our lives—St Benedict refers to it as the ‘Work of God’. Private prayer, too, has a special place, including Lectio Divina, ‘Holy Reading’.
Turvey Abbey is not ‘open to the public’ as such, but we do offer a ‘tranquil space’ for day guests and residential guests, and all are welcome to join with us for our services in the chapel. We have sisters who are qualified in spiritual direction, and a group of lay people who are oblates. We also have a strong tradition of involvement with ecumenism and interreligious dialogue, and a serious concern for ecological issues.
Saint Benedict was well aware that no two people are alike, and, in his Rule, he makes allowance for this in all the aspects of community life, be it prayer, work, study or leisure time. At Turvey Abbey each member of the community has her own individual work and area of responsibly, and everyone joins in with the various jobs needed to run the house, each according to her ability. Community members are encouraged to use their talents—at the moment, amongst other things, we are involved with iconography, hand-made cards, prayer beads and leather work. Banners, presentations etc. designed and created at Turvey Abbey can also be purchased online.
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Life at Turvey Abbey
We’ve lived through some hard and challenging times this year, and we are all too aware that there’s more hardship and uncertainty to come. In the middle of that we’re celebrating the feast of St Benedict so I’ve been looking to the Rule for wisdom and insights for these times….
Some years ago I took a photo of my teenage nephew Jess in our garden with the Abbey in the background. He subsequently posted the photo on Facebook with the caption ‘At Auntie Thelma’s house’. We at the Abbey rather enjoyed that, I’d finally made it to the ranks of…