» The community retreat came to a close last Friday. Abbot Michael Kelly's conferences focused on Cassian and his teaching on monastic life. He returned to Rome on Friday afternoon and the affairs of his Sylvestrine congregation. A few days later, on Monday, Abbot Edmund also flew back to Rome, to Sant'Anselmo where he is taking up the posts of director of priestly formation and archivist.
» Just in time for the retreat, Fr Paul Maddison of East Anglia arrived to begin his postulancy in our community. Please pray for him as he settles into a new way of life, and for us as we endeavour to welcome him and help him adjust to life at Douai.
» Fr Oliver left us on Saturday for a year's stay at Downside where he will be helping the new administrator there as well as assisting the monastic community as it plans for the future. He remains, however, in daily contact with Fr Hugh, his successor as bursar, as the latter starts to gather in the various strands of the job.
» This week we have been pleased to welcome among us Fr Elijah of Subiaco Abbey in Arkansas, USA. Fr Elijah is doing firther studies in England and is endeavouring to visit as many Benedictine houses in the country as he can. We hope he will leave with fond memories of us.
» On Tuesday Fr Hugh travelled to Ely Cathedral to inspect some furnishings by eminent 20th century English ecclesiastical architect and designer George Pace. The cathedral has replaced these with more extensive furnishings to suit their current needs and have made the Pace furnishings available to us in return for a modest donation. Pace was a modernist architect with a love for the gothic and his furnishings reflect his desire to harmonise the two. They should suit our church admirably, and their conenction with an eminent architect and the former Benedictine house that Ely Cathedral once was will add a rich layer of associations to the abbey church.
» There are some small changes to the Concerts and Prayer List pages for those who are interested.