Douai Abbeyis home to a community of monks of theEnglish Benedictine Congregation. The monastery is under the patronage of St Edmund, King & Martyr, and was founded in Paris in 1615. Uprooted by the French Revolution it settled at Douai in Flanders, and finally returned to England in 1903, settling at Woolhampton in Berkshire.
Until 1999 the community rana school. Douai monks still maintain the other principal English Benedictine apostolate, serving the Church in parishesthroughout England. At the monastery itself we welcomeguestson retreats or courses, as well as those who seek merely somequiet time. There are facilities forconferencesof modest size, andyouth or chaplaincy groups. Ourlibrary and archivebuilding houses a rich resource for study and research, and is open to researchers and students by application. From time to time we host a number of sacred concertsgiven by leading performers.
However, the primary work of the monks is the regular celebration of the sung Divine Office and the Mass, and all such liturgical worship is open to the public. If you are a single Catholic man between the ages, generally, of 18 and 45 and wonder if you might be called to share our way of life, please do look at ourinformation on vocations. Our website explains our life andhistoryin greater depth, but you are always welcome tocome and see.
As it is written, "Distribution was made to each one according as he had need." By this we do not mean that there should be respect of persons (which God forbid); however, let consideration be had of infirmities. Accordingly, when one requires less, let him give thanks to God and be not distressed; when, however, one requires more, let him be humbled at his infirmity, and not grow arrogant because of the charity shown him. Thus all members shall be in peace. Above all things let not the evil of murmuring be manifest for any cause whatsoever, by any word or sign at all. If anyone is found guilty in this, let him be subjected to very severe punishment.