Benedictine Community of Our Lady and Saint John (OSB)

Introduction to the community

The monks follow the Rule with its balance of prayer, work and study, supported by the vows of stability, conversion of life and obedience. A wide ministry of hospitality is offered, and visitors are welcome at the daily Mass and Divine Office. The purpose built monastery is built around two cloister garths; the Abbey Church dates from the beginning of the twentieth century. Set in extensive grounds, with contrast between areas that are cultivated and others that are a haven for wildlife, the Abbey is situated about four miles from Alton.

Contact details

01420 562145 or 563575

Address: Alton Abbey, Abbey Road, Beech, Alton, Hampshire GU34 4AP, UK
Email for bookings:

Community information

Date of foundation:
Registered Charity number:

Bishop Visitor: Rt Revd Martin Warner, Bishop of Chichester


Third Order, Fellowship, Associates

For details of the Oblates of Saint Benedict, please contact the Oblate Master.

For details of the Companions of Our Lady and Saint John, please contact the Master of the Companions.


Abbot: Rt Revd Dom Giles Hill OSB
Assumed office September 2013

Prior: Very Revd Dom Andrew Johnson OSB


Dom Anselm Shobrook (Master of Companions)
Rt Revd Dom Timothy Bavin (Oblate Master)
Brother Anthony Witherspoon