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April - October 2017 - Due to the installation of our new pipe organ, we regret to say that access to some areas of the Abbey Church is restricted at times.

Desiring to find a peaceful location to continue their monastic community after the anti-clerical laws were enacted in France, the monks of the community of La Pierre-qui-vire were driven from their homeland and re-established monastic life at Buckfast in 1882.

Today, those who come to the monastery are often drawn by the expectation of peace - of a place of calm in a rather hectic world.

Visitors to Buckfast are struck by this atmosphere of calm, an absence of noise and other more worldly distractions. This is true even of the more secular visitor or group.

Benedictine spirituality at Buckfast Abbey is firmly rooted. It is not swept together from all sorts of spiritual traditions; it offers a measured approach, it does not make haste; it contains nothing mysterious or esoteric; it does not focus on the spiritual quest of any individual, but on the growth of the person living in a community - whether religious or secular.

For people wishing to stay for a while or for those who make a more casual visit, for schools and other specialist groups, there is certainly scope to offer a variety of rich encounters here at Buckfast Abbey.

Service Times

The monks celebrate the Divine Office and Mass together each day in the Abbey Church. Most of these services are open to the public.

Due to the installation of the new Abbey Organ, the only part of the Divine Office that is available to the public is Vespers. This will be the case for the foreseeable future.



Monday to SaturdaySunday
Vespers in Latin18:3018:30. 19:00 Benediction



Buckfast Abbey with the Community
Blessed Sacrament Chapel
Monday to Saturday
12:05

Sunday
10:30
09:00


Saturdays at 11:00 to 11:30 or by appointment
Saint Benedict's, Chapel Street, Buckfastleigh, TQ11 0AJ
    Times                                                                                                                                  
Saturday - First Mass of Sunday
    17:00 


Our Lady of Lourdes and Saint Petroc, East Street, Ashburton, TQ13 7AT
Times                                                                                                                                                    
Wednesday and Friday.
10:00 - subject to change or cancellation, please call to confirm
Sunday
10:30


Saint Dunstan, New Park, South Brent, TQ10 9AQ
    Times                                                                                                              
Thursday
    09:15 - subject to change or cancellation; please call to confirm
Sunday
    09:00



Monthly Music

Monthly Music at Buckfast Abbey

Upcoming concerts

Young Composers' Competitions

Fri 1st Dec | Entry Cost £10

Buckfast Abbey is celebrating 1000 years since its foundation, with a nine day festival of sacred music. We are holding two young composers' competitions (a choral composition based upon the motto of the Abbey, and an organ composition based on the monastic chant Memorare), each with a prize of £1,000.

Click here to see all our events

How To Get Here

By Road Buckfast Abbey is 0.5 miles from the A38 Devon Expressway, midway between Exeter and Plymouth.

By Rail The nearest stations are Newton Abbot and Totnes, both only 20 minutes drive from the Abbey.

By Bus The local bus service, Stagecouch number 88, operates from Newton Abbot and Totnes to Buckfast. There is also a coach service between Exeter and Plymouth which stops in Buckfastleigh. The Abbey is a half-mile walk.

Entrance and parking is FREE and there is easy access to all facilities.


Contacts

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Please address postal enquiries to the appropriate department at:
Buckfast Abbey, Buckfastleigh, Devon, TQ11 0EE
Telephone Main Switchboard: 01364 645500

Parish Priest
Fr. Francis: 01364 645526

Events and General Enquiries
Mr Geoff Pring: 01364 645532 or use the contact form.

Buckfast Abbey Conference Centre
Tel: 01364 645530 or use the booking form.
Buckfast Abbey Accommodation
Tel: 01364 645630

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Blessing of Oulton Abbey Care Home - 6th September 2017

The new Care Home at Oulton Abbey was blessed by Abbot David on Wednesday 6th September. In the 20th century Buckfast supplied five chaplains for the Benedictine Nuns of Oulton and we continue our association with Oulton to this day. The Care Home in the former school was opened in the 1980s. The buildings were no longer up to the standard required thus a new care home was built in the grounds of the Abbey. As a point of interest the Abbey Church was the first church designed by Edward Pugin when only 19 years old. He was the son of A W Pugin.

Summer Food Fair - 15th July 2017

Locally sourced produce available in the Abbey grounds. The event organised by The Grange, the restaurant adjacent to the Abbey Church.

Run to the Son - 23rd-25th June 2017

Diocese of Plymouth at Buckfast - Prayer and Inspiration forMission. Photographs show the Vigil which started at 23:30, followed by Procession of the Blessed Sacrament, then Dawn Mass on Sunday morning celebrated by the Bishop at 05:30.

Mary: Icon of the Church

Mary – Icon of the Church
The Role of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The doctrine of the Trinity contains within it the reason for the uniqueness of humanity’s relationship with God – Jesus, being true God and true man unites divinity ...

Kindness: a School Mass

Kindness – a School Mass

Jesus says that we must love others as he loves us. We must think about what he might mean by this. In the first place we know that he showed his love by allowing ...

Baptism of Teddy

Baptism of Teddy

Living as a Christian means wanting to be a complete human being. We easily think of the Christian claim that Jesus is God, but we should also think that Jesus is a human being in the fullest ...

Garden Philosophy and Organics

A walk and talk with the Abbey's Head Gardener.

Plymouth Diocese Silent Retreat in October

Choose from: Friday 6th to Sunday 8th of October (weekend retreat) Monday 9th of to Friday 13th of October (midweek retreat) Friday 6th of to Friday 13th October (6 day retreat)

Buckfast Abbey: History, Art and Architecture - Book Launch and Conference

Come and attend this unique occasion to hear from highly respected authors who have contributed to the forthcoming publication "Buckfast Abbey: History, Art and Architecture" edited by Rev Peter Beacham.