Douai Abbey

Douai Abbey
Under the patronage of St Edmund, King & Martyr
Go to content

Main menu:

DOUAI ABBEY is home to a community of monks of the English 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 ran a school. Douai monks still maintain the other principal English Benedictine apostolate, serving the Church in parishes throughout England. At the monastery itself we offer a welcome to guests on retreats or courses of various sorts, as well as those who seek some quiet time. There are facilities to house conferences of modest size, and youth or chaplaincy groups. Our library and archive building 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 concerts given 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 our information on vocations. While our website explains our life and history in greater depth, you are always welcome to come and see.

IF WE EMPLOY the tools of the spiritual craft unceasingly day and night, and return them on the Day of Judgment, our compensation from the Lord will be that wage He has promised: "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, what God has prepared for those who love Him" (1 Cor. 2:9).
Now the workshop in which we shall diligently execute all these tasks is the enclosure of the monastery and stability in the community.
Rule of St Benedict—Chapter 4
Instagram Photos of Douai Abbey
» Summer news
Published by Webmaster - 26/7/2016 11:44:00
» Better late than never
Published by Webmaster - 19/7/2016 18:45:00
» Conferences, Candlesticks & Garden Parties
Published by Webmaster - 4/7/2016 14:58:00
Back to content | Back to main menu