The Community

Community portrait
The Community as it was in the summer of 2017

‘How good and pleasant it is when people live together in unity’

The Society of the Salutation of Mary the Virgin at Mucknell Abbey is an Anglican Benedictine community of monks and nuns based in Worcestershire.

We live a contemplative life under the Rule of St Benedict, our primary work being the Opus Dei, or the praise of God in liturgical worship. The community gather together seven times a day to say or chant the traditional monastic Office and to celebrate the Eucharist. The rest of our day is spent in work, study, private prayer, pastoral support, and in offering hospitality to those looking to share in our life here at Mucknell.

As a community we seek to respond openly to the challenge of a changing world and the promptings of the Spirit. Founded to pray for the Unity of the Church, we continue to be deeply committed to ecumenism. We also hope to witness to our unity in Christ through being, uniquely, a mixed community of women and men. In more recent times we have also sought to respond to the growing ecological crisis in our world with an on-going commitment to living sustainably.

Community pilgrimage to St Albans
The Community on pilgrimage to St Albans with Rev Berkeley Zych
Edible community
Marzipan community, featuring Br Philip and Bertie the cat

Who’s Who

The Community currently comprises seven members in Solemn Vows, three in Simple Vows, one Novice and an Alongsider.

Rt Rev’d Br Thomas (Abbot; elected 2017)

Very Rev’d Br Philip (Prior)

Rt Rev’d Br Stuart

Br Anthony

Rev’d Br Ian

Sr Sally

Rev’d Sr Alison (Novice Guardian)

Br Patrick

Br Michäel

Br Aidan

Br Adrian (Novice)

Alongsider

What do we do?

One of the questions we get asked the most is ‘What do you do all day?’ This is what an average day looks like according to our Summer Timetable.

From 6am to 5.30pm

Day timetable

From 5.30pm to 9.00pm

Evening timetable