Thursday 18th April, the Community will be praying Vigils and Compline privately.

O Beauty, ever ancient, ever new

St Benedict would almost certainly have known these words of St Augustine, and they continue to raise the heart to God today.

Rooted in the ancient monastic tradition and transplanted to this stunning location, the Stanbrook Community invites you to join us in creating a new setting for our journey together into God’s eternal beauty. In these pages we wish to share something of the wonder of creation in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park and to make available some of the riches our Christian monastic heritage.

Benedictine life

Monastic life is a combination of many different elements and as Benedictines we try to keep these in balance and harmony so that we live in a way that reflects our commitment to Prefer Nothing Whatever to Christ.
We pray that in exploring this new website you will discover more about our way of life and different ways in which you can be supported in your faith and connected with us.

Please be patient as we grow in confidence and proficiency to add new content to the site.

Our shop

We sell a wide range of books and cards for all occasions. Some of the crafts practised by sisters in the community are also on sale, weaving, calligraphy, poetry and photography.
If you can’t find what you are looking for please do ask, we may be able to help!

Rule of St Benedict for the day

The brethren shall keep their order in the monastery according to the length of their religious service and the merit of their lives, as the abbot shall determine. Yet the abbot must not disturb the flock committed to him, nor by an excuse of arbitrary authority ordain anything unjustly; but let him always consider that he will have to render God an account of all his judgements and deeds. Let the brethren, therefore, receive the kiss of peace, go to Communion, intone the psalms and stand in choir according to the order which the abbot has fixed, or which they have of themselves. And in no place whatever should age distinguish the brethren and decide their order; for Samuel and Daniel, though young, judged the elders. Therefore, excepting those whom, as we have said, the abbot has by special decision promoted or for definite reasons degraded, all the rest shall take their order according to the time of their entry. Let him, for instance, who came to the monastery at the second hour of the day, (whatever be his age or dignity) know that he is junior to him who came at the first hour. Boys, however, are to kept under discipline at all times and by everyone.