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. After more political turmoil the monastic community finally returned to England in 1903, settling at Woolhampton in Berkshire, at the invitation of the Bishop of Portsmouth.
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 offer a welcome toguestson retreats or courses of various sorts, as well as those who seek somequiet time. There are facilities to houseconferencesof 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, as it is for all Benedictines, is the regular celebration of the sung Divine Office and the Mass, and all our 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. While our website explains our life andhistoryin greater depth, you are always welcome tocome and see.