Photo courtesy of Westminster Abbey

Father Alban Riley OSB, was elected by the monastic chapter on Monday, 11 July 2022, as the fourth abbot of Westminster Abbey. Abbot Alban succeeds Abbot John Braganza who served for sixteen years and resigned on 3 May 2022.

Westminster Abbey is a Benedictine Abbey in Mission BC Canada founded on 14 September 1939, and is composed of 22 solemnly professed monks and 11 men in formation. In addition to the daily life of prayer, Westminster Abbey ministries include: the Seminary of Christ the King (secondary and post-secondary education for the priesthood), a guesthouse and a farm.

For Abbot Alban’s biography and more information, please visit