Welcome to ST MARY'S PRIORY, Abergavenny
For over one thousand years, we have served the people of Abergavenny and the surrounding area – after the model of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. The website shows how we currently serve the community, and a little about our history. It is not intended as a replacement for actually visiting us, which we hope you will want to do after exploring our website. At the heart of our mission and witness is the worship of God. In fulfilling the commandments of Jesus Christ, we seek to be a Eucharist-centred community where people of all ages are able to participate fully in the Body of Christ. Whether you are visiting our site as a fellow Christian, an historian, or for commercial reasons, the people of St Mary's say welcome.
Whats on at St Mary's Priory
NEW VICAR FOR ABERGAVENNY
We are pleased to be able to announce that the next Vicar of Abergavenny and Ministry Area leader for Abergavenny and Govilon will be Fr John Connell, Parish Priest of St Augustine's, Rumney, and Area Dean of Bassaleg. The announcement, along with further details about Fr John will be available on the Diocese of Monmouth website.
Bishop Cherry, who chaired the interview panel, is delighted that Fr John will be remaining in the diocese and bringing his considerable gifts and experience to the churches of Abergavenny and Govilon.
The members of the interview panel are also delighted that Fr John will be joining us and wish to add our congratulations to him on his appointment. We look forward to welcoming him to Abergavenny and Govilon sometime after Easter. We are certain that he will have much to offer as the area's Ministry Leader, and anticipate exciting and fruitful times for the churches as he takes up his leadership role among us.
Please note: Due to the recent guidelines from both the Welsh Government and the Bishops, all services have been cancelled from 24th December until further notice.
Due to the extended lockdown, the church is now closed. From Monday 18th January 2021, the garden will also be closed due to contractors working in that area. Due to further work found during the repairs to the roof, scaffolding will remain in place for at least another 2 weeks and maybe longer. The Garden will remain closed whilst the scaffolding is in place.
Holy Eucharist Services have now resumed at St Mary's Priory following the lockdown. There are two services each Sunday - Holy Eucharist at 11am and Evensong at 4pm (first Sunday of the month at Christchurch). There is still a limit of 30 places available for anyone wishing to attend and places can be booked by phoning 01873 858787. Please note we cannot accept email bookings.
If you are not on the Electoral Roll of any of our parishes, we would ask you to complete and return (can be on the day) the contact details form, along with our Covid-19 Privacy Notice, using the links below.
St Mary's Priory is again open for private prayer, for those who wish to pray and spend time in quiet before God, from 10am-2pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. A one-way system will be in operation and we are allowed to host up to six people at a time.
We are again able to offer visitors access to view the antiquities and historic tombs and a one-way system is in place. We are, regrettably, still unable to accommodate church members who normally access cupboards, vestries and other areas and we are still unable to provide access to toilets.
A contactless payment system is now available for donations in the church.
We are immensely grateful for your help in respecting these guidelines which are allowing us to open. We are also tremendously grateful to all who are enabling this to happen by stewarding and cleaning.
The Memorial Garden at St Mary’s will be open at the same times as the church to allow people to tend and visit graves.
We publish a list of events planned for the coming months, and will update the list of cancellations as they are decided. Find out more...
You can read here The Church in Wales Coronavirus (Covid 19) policy
Priory Church at St Mary's Priory
The Church, described as the "Westminster Abbey of Wales", attracts thousands of visitors each year who come to view the fine collection of historic monuments, medieval carvings or simply to seek a quiet place for contemplation and prayer.
The Church faces outwards to the community and welcomes a wide range of schools and group activities.
The Tithe Barn at St Mary's Priory
The restored Tithe Barn explains and interprets the history of the Priory Church through interactive exhibitions and activities for both children and adults, whilst the Learning Service workshops enable school children to explore the Tudor life with hands on living history.
The magnificent Abergavenny Tapestry, hand stitched by Abergavenny residents, celebrates the history of the town.
The Barn also houses the Studio of our Artist in Residence, Jez Thomas.
The Priory Centre at St Mary's Priory
The history, hospitality and incomparable setting of St Mary’s Priory make it an ideal venue for wedding receptions and celebrations and provides a meeting place for groups.
The conference rooms, with state of the art facilities, make it the perfect place for creativity and problem solving.