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Talk Videos

St Benedict Week  2023


Dom Christopher Jamison

Abbot President of the English Benedictine Congregation

9th July 8pm

Well known for his appearances on TV and radio, as well as for his books Finding Sanctuary, Finding Happiness, and, published in September 2022, Finding the language of grace: rediscovering transcendence, Abbot Christopher is Abbot President of the English Benedictine Congregation. Previously Abbot of Worth Abbey, Headmaster of Worth School and Director of the National Office for Vocations for England & Wales, he is celebrated for communicating monastic wisdom. 

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Mary Hirst

11th July 8pm

Lay Benedictine

Mary is married and is a promised member of a lay Benedictine community, the Manquehue Movement. She is an ex-pupil of Ampleforth College, has worked in the chaplaincy at Downside School and is currently the Discipleship Coordinator of the LCSB. She is passionate about prayer and Lectio Divina and sharing these with others.


Anne Clarke OSB

Abbess of Malling Abbey

16th July 6.30pm

Anne Clarke OSB is Abbess of the community of Anglican Benedictine Nuns living at Malling Abbey in Kent. Before joining the community in 2009 she had a long career writing software for the Internet but came to realise that wisdom was not to be found in that fragmented deluge of information. Her passion for the healing of people and planet led her to embrace a contemplative path and ultimately to the simple and focused life of a traditional monastic.​

Pentecost Talks 2023

Easter at Cefn Lea - 2023

Our Easter theme was 'Awake O Sleeper'

This recording of a talk that

Anna  Bland (live at Cefn Lea) and

Mary Hirst (online at Downside)

gave us on  Holy Saturday.


See our Easter Booklet for more details and bios. 

Easter Booklet

Spring Talks 2023

On being Christians in today's world

Thursday 16th February 7pm

Alejandro Olayo-Mendez SJ

Assistant Professor at Boston College, Researcher into Migration and Migration Policy

Caring for Creation


Sunday 26th February 6pm   

Bishop Nicholas Holtam

Bishop of Salisbury from 2011 to 2021 and, from 2014 to 2021, the Church of England’s lead bishop for the environment.

Author of 'Sleepers Wake'.

In collaboration with Root and Branch

Theme: Laudato Si'

              - Care for our common home

Thursday 23rd February 8pm

Kathleen McLaughlin

Executive vice president and chief sustainability officer for Walmart Inc.

On being Christians in today's world

Thursday 9th March 7pm

Christine Allen

Director of Cafod

Thursday 30th March 7pm

Andrew Teal

Chaplain, Fellow & Lecturer in Theology, Pembroke College Oxford

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