Douai Abbeyis home to a community of monks of theEnglish Benedictine Congregation. Under the patronage of St Edmund, King & Martyr, we were founded in Paris in 1615. Uprooted by the French Revolution we settled at Douai in Flanders, finally returning to England in 1903, to Woolhampton in Berkshire.
However, the primary work of the monks is the regular celebration of the sung Divine Office and the Mass, and all our liturgical worship is open to the public. While this website explains our life,history and vocationin greater depth, you are always welcome tocome and see.
Should there be craftsmen in the monastery, let them exercise their crafts with all humility and reverence, if the Abbot so commands. But if one of them grows proud because of the knowledge of his craft, in that he seem to confer some benefit on the monastery, let such a one be taken away from this craft and not practice it again, unless perchance, after he has humbled himself, the Abbot may bid him resume it.