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.
The monks celebrate the Divine Office and Mass together each day in the Abbey Church. Most of these services are open to the public.
|Monday to Saturday
||14:00 (not open to the public)
|Vespers in Latin
||18:30. 19:00 Benediction
|Compline in Latin
|Buckfast Abbey with the Community
||Blessed Sacrament Chapel
|Monday to Saturday
|Saint Benedict, Chapel Street, Buckfastleigh
|Monday and Thursday
|| 09:15 - Subject to change or cancellation, please call to confirm
|Saturday - Vigil Mass
|Our Lady of Lourdes and Saint Petroc, Ashburton
|Wednesday and Friday
|| 10:00 - subject to change or cancellation, please call to confirm
|Saint Dunstan, New Park, South Brent
Monthly Music at Buckfast Abbey
Sat 25th March 7.30pm | Free with retiring collection
Performing at Buckfast Abbey on the 25th March at 7.30:
Alvington Singers present: Little Organ Mass - Haydn, Kyrie - Vivaldi, Magnificat - Pärt, Thou Knowest Lord - Purcell, O Thou the Central Orb - Wood, The Ground - Gjeilo, Ave Verum Corpus - Elgar.
Haydn - Last Seven Words, Stabat Mater by Brent Singers
Sat 1st April 7.30pm | Free with retiring collection
Brent Singers perform 'Haydn, Seven Last Words, Staber Mater' at Buckfast Abbey on Saturday 1st April 2017 at 19:30.