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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 1985.

The Pilgrimage

The Trust holds an annual pilgrimage to Capel-y-ffin and the Monastery church, including an optional 3½ mile walk from Llanthony to Capel-y-ffin along the eastern side of the valley. The provisional date for next year’s pilgrimage is Saturday 18th August 2018 (please see the News page for more details in due course).

The Trust

Weather damage to the fabric of the Monastery church has presented severe problems over the years. The Trust objectives include the maintenance of the ruined church containing Ignatius’s tomb, and its preservation as a site of religious significance and a focus for prayer and worship.

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 here on the website on the Documents page.

How you can help

We aim to keep the memory of Ignatius alive. 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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A few photos from this year's pilgrimage. At the Eucharist in Llanthony church Fr Philip Wyn Davies shared some thoughts on the restoration of devotion to the Mother of God in the CofE, with particular reference to Walsingham and New Llanthony, and at Evensong our preacher was Bishop Dominic Walker, who spoke on the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience as the necessary response to the call of Christ. ... See MoreSee Less

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Tea and cake will be available at the end of today's Pilgrimage (this lemon cake made by Beth Davies). ... See MoreSee Less

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Don't forget the Annual Pilgrimage to Llanthony and Capel-y-ffin this Saturday, 19 August. Eucharist at St David's Church, Llanthony 11.30am with address by Canon Philip Wyn Davies, Vicar of Tregaron, followed by Bring & Share picnic lunch. Optional Pilgrimage Walk to Capel-y-ffin (motorised alternative permissible), where the preacher at 3.30pm Evensong in St Mary's Church will be Bishop Dominic Walker OGS. After this service Procession to the ruins of Fr Ignatius's abbey church with prayers at the statue of Our Lady, followed by refreshments ... See MoreSee Less

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11.30am Sung Eucharist at Llanthony
3.30pm Evensong at Capel-y-ffin, followed by procession to the ruins of Fr Ignatius's Abbey Church with stations at the Wayside Calvary and Statue of Our Lady of Llanthony
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Pilgrimage to Llanthony and Capel-y-ffin

August 19, 2017, 9:00am - August 19, 2017, 12:00pm

11.30am Sung Eucharist at Llanthony 3.30pm Evensong at Capel-y-ffin, followed by procession to the ruins of Fr Ignatius's Abbey Church with stations at the Wayside Calvary and Statue of Our Lady of Ll...

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The latest issue of the Father Ignatius Memorial Trust Newsletter is now available. It includes reminiscences of the early days of the Trust, founded 50 years ago this July, together with information about the annual pilgrimage (Sat 19 August), an obituary of former Trustee Fr Roger Shambrook and much else. Copies from our Secretary, Dr Peter Davies, whose contact details are on the main website. ... See MoreSee Less

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PLEASE BECOME A FRIEND OF THE TRUST

The Trust needs funding to help maintain the Monastery Church, to produce the yearly Newsletter and 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).