Egan tells of fondness for Quarr16 October 2012
The newly installed Bishop of Portsmouth paid tribute to the monks of the Benedictine Abbey at Quarr on the Isle of Wight, on the centenary of the dedication of their abbey church.
Bishop Philip Egan made his remarks at a thanksgiving Mass at which he presided and Abbot Aidan Bellenger of Downside, preached. Bishop Egan said the abbey, which was built next to the ruins of a twelfth century abbey that fell prey to the Reformation, "occupies a special place in my heart and in my spiritual development".
Bishop Egan said he had visited it on retreat every few years since he was a teenager. He noted the "warmth, joy and love" of the community, the monks' dedication to Gregorian chant, and the majesty of the abbey church designed by the French Benedictine Dom Paul Bellot.
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