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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, Chapel Street, Buckfastleigh            
    Times
Monday and Thursday
    09:15 - Subject to change or cancellation, please call to confirm
Saturday - Vigil Mass
    17:00


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


Saint Dunstan, New Park, South Brent
    Times                                                                                                              
Sunday
    09:00



Monthly Music

Monthly Music at Buckfast Abbey

Upcoming concerts

George Malcolm Memorial Series - at The Grange Restaurant 17th June

Sat 17th June 2017 | Free with retiring collection

George Malcolm Memorial Series at the Grange Restaurant. 19:30 Saturday 17th June 2017 Pre-concert dinner available at the Grange Restaurant at 18:00.

La Fete de la Musique

Wed 21st June | Free entry

An evening of free music offered in the Grange Restaurant, organised by 'Alliance Francaise Devon.' The line-up of local musicians, both professional and amateur, includes the accapella band, 'Parting Gesture', classical guitarist, Alison Smith described ‘as one of the most exciting and lyrical guitarists to emerge in recent years’ and the 'Ukeabilies'.

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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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Buckfast Abbey Millennium Garden - May 2017

The Royal Horticultural Society 2017 - Malvern Spring Festival The garden setting is a tranquil scene. At the heart of the garden is a stag in a glade of silver birches drinking from a pool. Around this scene is a meandering path suggesting a river bed. The motto of the Abbey is taken from psalm 41/42: “As a deer longs for flowing streams, so longs my soul for you, O God.” The name Buckfast means ‘land of the deer’ and the Abbey is on the banks of the River Dart. The garden commemorates Buckfast Abbey’s upcoming millennium. The Buckfast Garden won thr RHS Show Garden SILVER MEDAL and also the BEST IN SHOW from the public vote.

CWL Annual Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Buckfast - 13th May 2017

Catholic Women's League Pilgrimage 2017. The Bishop of Plymouth, the Rt. Rev. Mark O'Toole celebrated the Mass in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel of the Abbey Church.

Arrival of the new Ruffatti Organ - 26th April 2017

The new organ for the Abbey Church arrived at the end of April. Construction will continue for some months. Information about the new organ can be found at the Abbey Website on the Music page at: https://www.buckfast.org.uk/ruffattiorgan

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Plymouth Diocese Silent Retreat - May

Choose from: Monday 29th of May to Friday 2nd of June (midweek retreat) Friday 26th of May to Friday 2nd June (6 day retreat)

Devonshire Association

The Devonshire Association will be holding their annual conference here from the 2nd – 4th June. Places are available to attend the free public lecture by Mr Stewart Brown entitled '35 years of archaeological investigation at Buckfast Abbey'

George Malcolm Memorial Series - at The Grange Restaurant 17th June

George Malcolm Memorial Series at the Grange Restaurant. 19:30 Saturday 17th June 2017 Pre-concert dinner available at the Grange Restaurant at 18:00.