The Parishioners of St Michael and All Angels would like to welcome you to their parish.
The Belmont parish is part of the Herefordshire Catholic Deanery within the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Cardiff. Our Archbishop, the Most Rev George Stack was appointed bishop on 19 April 2011 by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI.
One of the first things you will notice about this parish, which makes it very different to almost all other parishes in this country, is that it shares its church with Benedictine monks! The parish actually predates the monastery by a few years and until 1859 used the chapel of St Peter & St Paul (now the Parish Centre) for Mass. Today, respecting the wishes of Belmont’s great benefactor, Mr Francis Richard Wegg-Prosser, the parish shares the church with the monastic community.
Appointment of Dom Nicholas Wetz as Prior Administrator of Downside
The Abbot President, with the approval of the Holy See, has appointed Dom Nicholas Wetz to be Prior Administrator of Downside Abbey for two years with effect from 1st September 2018. Dom Nicholas is at present Claustral Prior of Belmont, Parish Priest, Procurator and Junior Master.
Five monks of Downside served as Cathedral Priors of Belmont in the days of the Common Novitiate and House of Studies. They were Dom Norbert Sweeney (1859-1862), Dom Bede Vaughan (1862-1873), Dom Wilfrid Raynal (1873 -1901), Dom Clement Fowler (1905-1914) and Dom Aelred Kindersley (1915-1920) Dom Aelred became the first Prior of an independent Belmont and in 1920, when Belmont was elevated to the status of an abbey by the Holy See, he was elected the first Abbot of Belmont. He died in post in 1934. The first Bishop of Newport and Menevia, the Right Reverend Thomas Joseph Brown, whose cathedral Belmont became in 1859, was also a monk of Downside. In the 1950s, when Belmont was going through a difficult period, a monk of Downside, Dom Nicholas Holman, was sent to Belmont for a number of years to help out. It can be seen that Belmont owes a great debt to Downside.
We pray for Dom Nicholas as he begins this new ministry and hope that all will go well for him and the Downside Community. At the same time, the Belmont Community thanks him for all that he has done in faithful service to the community, monastery, school and parish, over the past thirty years.