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My Placement at The Monastery, by MMU Student Intern Caitlin.

Hello everyone, welcome to this wonderful guest post from our recent intern student Caitlin. We welcome your enquiries and hope it inspires something in you too! Hi, my name is Caitlin and I am currently a second year, history student at Manchester Metropolitan University. I have been on placement at...

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G4 Concert at The Monastery: Singing in Support of Missing People

Tomorrow we welcome G4 Christmas by Candlelight at The Monastery and we can't wait! Many of you will know G4 who shot to fame on the first series of ITV's The X Factor in 2004, where they pioneered the world of popular opera. Their exquisite harmonies and unique arrangements of...

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Monastery Stories of Gorton in the 1960’s.

This week we had a visit from two wonderful ladies who went to school at St Francis Primary and Secondary School in Gorton, Manchester, during the late 60’s and seventies. The school was located next to the Monastery and children regularly came in for mass and services as part of...

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Little Pockets of Calm

Life can feel very rushed. We live in times where we seem to be constantly striving to increase productivity and decisive action, whilst neglecting the 'rest and restore' phase of our human needs. Changes which arose in the times of the Industrial Revolution mechanised our lives. We became a nation...

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The Monastery on Songs of Praise Sunday 20th October

Songs of Praise in The Monastery We are so excited to announce that our beloved Monastery featured on BBC Songs of Praise. It aired on Sunday 20th October at 13.15pm on BBC One and is available to watch online here afterwards: The episode features our Chief Executive Elaine Griffiths whose...

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New Café open in our Welcome Wing

Our new Café is open in our Welcome Wing! I spoke to one of our Monastery Chefs who is looking after the new Café and has worked at The Monastery for two years, Revae, and she told me some exciting news about our new Café space! As Revae explained, we...

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Insight into The Monastery: Teisha Baker, Victorian Pantry and Operations Supervisor

Teisha started working at The Monastery in September 2018 as the Supervisor of The Victorian Pantry and she also works as part of the Operations Team on the different events held in the building. Teisha ensures that The Victorian Pantry operates productively during our Special Heritage & Visitor Open Days...

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Insight into The Monastery: Early History Questions

How much do you know about the early history of The Monastery? Read further to find out some common questions we are often asked about the early history of the Franciscans in Gorton:   When did the Franciscans arrive in Gorton and where did they live? In November 1861, a...

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Insight into The Monastery: Emma Bryning, Visitor Experience Manager

Emma has worked at The Monastery since June 2016, initially starting as the Learning & Community Officer before being promote to Visitor Experience Manager in August 2018. Emma is responsible for the management of the Visitor Services team, which includes the Visitor Services & Support Officer, the Digital Marketing Apprentice...

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Thank You!

Firstly, we hope that everyone has had a great start to 2019! Secondly, we would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who got involved with The St. Francis Christmas Appeal last December! We can now announce that we managed to raise three thousand pounds which will go...

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