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Welcome to the Father Ignatius Memorial Trust website

The Monastery

The Monastery was founded in 1870 by Fr Ignatius with the aim of restoring monastic life to the Church of England, and it remained in monastic use for over forty years. Eric Gill, the sculptor and typographer, lived there from 1924 to 1928. It has been owned by the Knill family since 1986.

The Pilgrimage

The Trust holds an annual pilgrimage to Capel-y-ffin and the Abbey Church, including an optional 3½ mile walk from Llanthony to Capel-y-ffin along the eastern side of the valley. The date for this year’s pilgrimage is Saturday 17th August 2019 (please see the News page for more details).

The Trust

The Trust objectives include the care of Ignatius’ ruined abbey church, and the nearby Wayside Calvary and statue of Our Lady, as places of pilgrimage, prayer and worship. Although the church is is now structurally unsound and unsafe for public entry, it remains a focus of the annual pilgrimage.

The Trust Archive

There is a collection of Father Ignatius Memorial Trust archive material at Abergavenny Museum. We have also made some documents and articles available on the website on the Documents page.

How you can help

We aim to keep the memory of Ignatius alive and to continue the annual Pilgrimage. You are warmly invited to make a donation and to become a Friend of the Father Ignatius Memorial Trust by subscribing to the Trust Newsletter.

(See the Help Us page).

 

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Father Ignatius of Llanthony

Fr Ignatius OSB (Revd. Joseph Leycester Lyne, 1837-1908) was a prominent figure in the Catholic Revival which swept the 19th century Church of England.  As a young man he resolved to restore to it the monastic life lost at the Reformation, and devoted the rest of his life to this aim.

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After the Pilgrimage Bring & Share Lunch, these items were left on the table. They are in safe keeping; please leave a comment or send a message if they belong to you. ... See MoreSee Less

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Yesterday's pilgrimage was blessed with fine weather, and an attentive congregation who appreciated interesting and challenging sermons -- Fr Ignatius Trustee Fr Martin Williams at the Mass, whose Gospel was read in Welsh, and Canon Simon Griffiths of Truro Cathedral at Evensong. In the procession to Fr Ignatius's monastery the Litany of Our Lady was sung in Latin, together with the traditional Lourdes hymn. ... See MoreSee Less

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The 2019 Newsletter has now been sent out to our regular supporters. As well as news of the annual Pilgrimage (Saturday 17 August, this year) and of the state of the ruins of Fr Ignatius's abbey church, it includes historical updates by the author of 'New Llanthony Abbey' and the first part of an article by Donald Kerr on the Reverend W.A. Shoults, associate Father Cyril. Are you on the mailing list? If not, please ask for a copy via the messaging facility on www.fatherignatius.org.uk, or write to the Hon Sec at 43 St Helen's Road, Abergavenny NP7 5YA. ... See MoreSee Less

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PLEASE BECOME A FRIEND OF THE TRUST

The Trust needs funding to help care for the Abbey Church, the Wayside Calvary and the statue of Our Lady, to aid production of the Trust Newsletter and to allow the annual Pilgrimage to continue.

To contribute, please see the Help Us page – your subscription &/or donation will be much appreciated.  The Father Ignatius Memorial Trust is a registered charity (Charity Commission Registration Number 253225).