Photo : St Benedict’s Ealing Abbey, Charlbury Grove, London W5 – West window by Burlison & Grylls, depicting the Coronation of the Virgin attended by the Heavenly Host, canvas expanded | By John Salmon, CC BY-SA 2.0


Of your charity, pray for the repose of the soul of

Abbot Francis Rossiter

Monk and priest of Ealing Abbey

Abbot 1967 – 1991
Abbot President 1985 – 2001
Abbot Pro-Primate 1995 – 1996

Who died on 11 March 2022

In the 91st year of his age, the 72nd of his monastic profession and the
67th year of his priesthood

May he rest in peace

Educated at St. Benedict’s School, Abbot Francis entered the monastery – then Ealing Priory – in 1949 and was professed in 1950. After his ordination in 1955 he studied in London and at the Lateran University in Rome, where he obtained a degree in Canon Law, JCD.

He joined the staff of St. Benedict’s School in 1958 and was appointed games master and second master in 1960.

Dom Francis Rossiter’s Service

Dom Francis was elected an abbey councillor in 1960 and served as abbot of St Benedict’s Abbey, Ealing, for 24 years from 1967 to 1991.

He served as abbot president of the English Congregation for many years and Pro-Primate of the Benedictine Confederation for one year.