A new Abbot of Belmont Abbey

The monks of Belmont Abbey have just announced the election of Dom Brendan Thomas as their 12th Abbot. Archbishop Mark offers the following message:

I offer my warmest congratulations to Dom Brendan Thomas OSB on his election as Abbot of Belmont Abbey. Dom Brendan brings many gifts, great faith and spiritual depth, as well as a generous and warm priestly heart to his new responsibilities. He can be assured of the prayers of all of us across South Wales and Herefordshire. 

I also offer our deepest gratitude to Abbot Paul Stonham OSB who has given such very generous and dedicated service to the Abbey and to so many others over many years. We ask God’s blessing on this next phase of his ministry, serving in parish ministry in Herefordshire, with hopefully a little more time to pursue those things which inspire him most.