» Last Sunday a group of sisters and lay staff involved in the educational apostolate of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan in Australia stayed at Douai for 24 hours, after arriving from Rome. Part pilgrimage, part staff development, this annual tour seeks to expose staff to the Benedictine heritage of the Good Sams. Founded by Archisbishop Polding, a monk of Downside, the Good Sams look particularly to their English Benedictine heritage. This annual visit to Douai has become a regular feature in their pilgrimage since Fr Alban got to know a Good Sam sister in Rome some years ago. While here they joined in our worship and received some talks from members of the community.
» After decades of loyal and discreet service, Donato Piero has retired as houseman to the monastic community for which we are sincerely grateful. His departure now is in part prompted by the serious cancer that afflicts his wife Marie, herself a stalwart of the Woolhampton parish. Please keep Marie in your prayers, and her family as they strive to support her in her treatment.
» Yesterday Bishop Philip and his discernment tram were with us for the day as part of their process for selecting candidates for the priesthood for the diocese of Portsmouth.
» Also on Friday Fr Abbot travelled to Princknash Abbey near Gloucester for the blessing of the recently-elected Abbot Martin by Bishop Declan Lang of Clifton.
» Today the Berkshire Record Office holds its AGM at Douai. After the usual business and a talk from Fr Abbot, they will make the most of the current balmy weather and take tea in the library garden.