The sudden death of Dom Alistair Findlay on Wednesday 15th January has deprived Belmont Abbey of a much loved monk and priest. He had been ordained for little over a year, but made a lasting impression on the congregation during his all too brief ministry.
Dom Alistair was a native of North East of England, proud of his northern roots. He trained as a teacher at Bede College in the University of Durham and spent 34 years in education. Having been baptised as a Methodist and confirmed as an Anglican, he was received into the Church in 1994 whilst teaching in a Catholic school. He first visited to Belmont on retreat and then became a frequent visitor. In recent months, Dom Alistair had been leading retreats, and had become Retreats Secretary and Procurator for the Monastery.
After taking early retirement in 2010 he came to test his vocation two years later. He entered the monastery as a postulant in July 2012, was clothed as a Novice on 1st February 2013, making his Simple Profession on 2nd February 2014. Brother Alistair took his solemn vows on 4th September 2017 and became a full member of the Belmont Community.
He was ordained to the Diaconate on the Feast of St Lawrence, Martyr and Deacon, on 10th August 2018, having worked on a Licence in Monastic Theology and studied in Rome for three years at Sant’Anselmo and the Monastic Institute.
Dom Alistair was ordained to the priesthood by His Grace, Archbishop George Stack at Belmont Abbey on Saturday 12th January 2019, on the feast of St Benet Biscop, one of the great northern saints.
It is a great sadness for everyone that we will be returning to the Abbey Church for Dom Alistair’s funeral so soon after that joyful occasion. His body will be received into the Abbey Church on Tuesday, 28th January, at 7.45pm. His Requiem Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, 29th January, at 2.30pm.
Please pray for the repose of his soul, and for all the members of the Belmont Abbey community at this difficult time.