The sacramental life of the school is centred on the Abbey Church.

The Sunday Mass is the heartbeat of the week, and Reconciliation services are held in the Abbey Crypt on weekday evenings. Below we outline the key aspects of sacramental life in the school. 


Confirmations take place at Ampleforth every year in the Summer term. In the autumn term House Chaplains will ask the boys and girls in Year 10 and any Sixth Form entrants if they would like to receive the sacrament of Confirmation in late May. Any older students who have not yet been confirmed but who would like to are also encouraged to enrol on the course of catechesis which runs from late October until Confirmation and which includes a half day of retreat in January. Catechesis is given by carefully selected and supported sixth formers with the support of House Chaplains and the Central Chaplaincy team.

Reconciliation Services:

Students are offered the chance to make their confession in the Crypt of the Abbey Church. Once a term every house year group attends a reconciliation service in the Abbey Crypt where they have the opportunity to see a priest either for individual confession or for a prayer and blessing, in one of the glazed confessionals. All students are invited to attend this service whether or not they are Roman Catholic.

The Eucharist:

Each week the whole school joins the Monastic community in the abbey Church for Mass which is celebrated at 10 am each Sunday morning. Mass is also celebrated each week in individual houses, usually by the House Chaplain. This will take place fortnightly during the dedicated daytime Chaplaincy period and during an evening on the alternate week.


There is excellent provision for Anglicans within the Ampleforth community. The Vicar of Ampleforth, Revd Dr Catherine Reid, gives termly Eucharists for Anglican students and these take place in the Abbey Crypt on Tuesday evenings.  Students are also able to attend Church of England Sunday worship by permission from their Houseparent.  Confirmation is again led by the Revd Dr Catherine Reid, and usually the students are confirmed in St Hilda’s Church, Ampleforth, by the Bishop of Whitby during the Spring.


Baptism and Reception into the Roman Catholic Church. Any students who wish to be baptised or to consider reception into the Roman Catholic Church are encouraged to speak to their House Chaplains.