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 have a charming little mobile which we keep with the Christmas decorations: five angels with trumpets. Light the tea light and off they go, four going round and round and one spinning round on the top, obviously angels don’t get dizzy. Sometimes, if they weren’t so well packed or…
Recently I had the pleasure of going to Bedfordshire Archives to photograph some maps of Turvey parish for the Turvey History Society. It was quite a challenge, those old maps are definitely not pocket-size, they had to be laid out on the floor, fortunately there were three of us to…
Sometimes, as I walk from the Abbey to the chapel around midday, the sun shines on the stone wall at an angle and my attention is drawn to a little shell. It’s not the only shell to be seen, there are dozens of them in the stone walls of the…