Hilfield Friary is set on the edge of the Dorset Downs with magnificent views across
the Blackmore Vale – rural England at its greenest, the countryside of Thomas Hardy’s
novels. There have been Franciscan brothers living here in a collection of what
were once farm buildings since 1921, providing refuge for the homeless, the experience
of community, and a place for prayer, reflection and renewal. Today at Hilfield
there is a particular emphasis on living and promoting the Franciscan values of care
for creation, working for peace and justice, and seeking respectful dialogue with
people of other faiths.