Invitation

To discuss holding your wedding or any event at The Monastery, contact Nancy Bennett to arrange a personal welcome tour.

Call 0161 223 3211 or email Nancy now.

We would love you to visit us at The Monastery! You’ll be sure of a warm welcome, and we know you’ll enjoy the time you spend with us.

For more information, click here.

Keep up to date with the amazing array of events we hold all year around.

There are just a handful of buildings in the world where the feelings of love and peace embrace you as soon as you walk through the door. HRH The Prince of Wales captured that feeling perfectly, when he said “I find that just being here lifts my spirits and makes me feel that anything is possible”.

There was magic in the air when the Franciscans first came to Gorton in 1861, with visions of a great friary at the heart of the community. Architect Edward Pugin’s inspiration led to astonishing tales of sacred geometry that we still wonder at today. The biggest story, though, is of the building’s miraculous survival against all odds.

The Monastery became derelict when the congregation moved away in the 1970s, as the landscape of Manchester changed. After more than a century of being at the heart of a thriving community, The Monastery was put on the list of the World’s 100 Most Endangered Sites, alongside the Taj Mahal and the ancient ruins of Pompeii.

Then a group of extraordinary volunteers stepped forward and, over two long decades, the impossible was achieved and this magnificent sanctuary was brought back from oblivion. Our mission is to serve a community that is now even bigger, with reach far beyond the boundaries of Gorton.

 

 

Visit The Monastery: A Pugin Masterpiece

The love and inspiration that has rebuilt our extraordinary Monastery continues to flow through the building to face outwards, supporting those who need our help in a world where constructive compassion is demanded more than ever.

Perhaps the time is now right for YOU to become part of our story. Find out how on these pages.

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