Anglican Benedictine Nuns

The Malling Abbey Abbatial Election - 9th September 2020

On completion of her 12 year term of office, Mother Abbess Mary David Best OSB resigned on 7th September 2020.

On 9th of September the Community elected Sister Anne Clarke OSB as their next Abbess. God willing her Installation and Blessing will be on 7th November 2020.

Please continue to hold the Community in your prayers at this time.

Covid-19 - Update 26 June 2020

We are looking forward to welcoming you in due course but for now all of our accommodation is still closed to the general public whilst we work to implement appropriate safeguards to protect our guests and staff. Similarly, we are continuing to restrict attendance at the Abbey Eucharist and the Divine Office to members of the community.

Although you cannot visit us in person at the moment you can share a little of our life in these videos:

Welcome to the Community

Nun praying in the cloister

We are a community of women who have been drawn to respond to God's love by living a life of prayer, work, study and hospitality based on the Rule of St. Benedict. In our corporate worship we pray in fellowship with the whole church; in times of solitude and silence each sister responds in her own way to the call to 'Pray constantly'. Through simplicity of lifestyle we express our reverence for God's creation, and our concern and responsibility for the future.

We have residential accommodation for people seeking a silent space for prayer, reflection and rest. We also welcome enquiries from women who feel drawn to the Benedictine way of life and wish to live as an alongsider within our community. For some, this may be part of a journey exploring a life commitment as a nun.

Modern Church and Norman West Front


We host concerts in the Abbey Church as part of the Music@Malling Festival each September. Please visit their website for details.

Heritage Open Days

We run tours of the Abbey for the general public as part of Heritage Open Days. Our next tours will be in September 2021.