Announcement Update

Covid-19 Pandemic.

UPDATE: 24th March 2020

Announcement: Covid-19 Pandemic update. Following the announcement from the Prime Minister last night it is with much regret, we have decided that from today the responsible thing to do is to close the Abbey Church until further notice.


UPDATE: 19th March 2020

Liturgical Services in this Parish

The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales have, with much regret, come to the view that Holy Mass with a congregation must be discontinued from the evening of Friday, 20th March, 2020, until further notice.  We have also been told that the Divine Office (the monks’ daily prayers) must also take place behind closed doors to discourage people gathering in groups. All Catholics will find this deeply distressing news, but the Bishops are acting in the best interests of the Church and the wider population of this country.

In this parish, this means that Holy Mass will not be celebrated in St. Dunstan’s, South Brent, St. Benedict’s Buckfastleigh or Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Petrock, Ashburton, until further notice.  The 1205 Mass in the Abbey church on Mondays to Saturdays is also cancelled from Saturday 21st March until further notice.

Unless they become ill, the priests at the Abbey will continue to say Mass once a day and, although these Masses may not be attended by a congregation, they will be live-streamed on the internet.  It is hoped that we will also be able to live-stream some of the Community’s other prayers; although we are not numerous and these services are quite simple, we hope that in this way we will be able to show you and all who are going through such challenging times that you are in our thoughts and our prayers.  If you feel able to pray along with us and for us, that will be all the better.

From Saturday 21stMarch, 2020, until further notice, the Abbey church will be opened at 10 a.m. from Monday to Saturday and at noon on Sundays and will be closed at 5 p.m. each day. There will be no access to the Abbey church outside of these times.  


UPDATE: 18th March 2020

Cardinal Nichols has now informed us that the Bishops have, with much regret, come to the view that, in England and Wales, Mass with a congregation must be discontinued from this Friday evening until further notice.  I’m sure we all find this distressing news, but the Bishops are acting in the best interests of the Church and the wider population of this country.

In our own parish, this means that Holy Mass will not be celebrated in St. Dunstan’s, South Brent, St. Benedict’s Buckfastleigh or Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Petrock, Ashburton, until further notice.

Unless they become ill, the priests at the Abbey will continue to say Mass once a day and, although these Masses may not be attended by a congregation, they will be live-streamed on the internet.  I am hoping that we will also be able to live-stream some of the Community’s prayers; although we are not numerous and these services are quite simple, I hope that in this way we will be able to show you and all who are going through such challenging times that you are in our thoughts and our prayers.  If you feel able to pray along with us and for us, that will be all the better.


18th March 2020

Announcement: Covid-19 Pandemic. Following the recent Government advice and given the large number of visitors to Buckfast Abbey, with much regret, we have decided that the responsible thing to do is to close the shops, exhibitions, toilets and catering facilities on the site for the foreseeable future. There will be very limited toilet facilities and an attendant will be present to sanitise.

The Abbey church, the grounds, car park, and gardens remain open, but visitors enter these at their own risk and are reminded to keep “social distancing” from others. First Aid assistance is not available until further notice. 

More details and links to watch our live stream follow shortly....