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.
If there be skilled workmen in the monastery, let them work at their art in all humility, if the Abbot gives his permission. But if anyone of them should grow proud by reason of his art, so that he feels he confers a benefit on the monastery, let him be removed from that work and not return to it, until he has humbled himself, and the Abbot again orders him to take up that work.