Douai Abbey: The Monastery of St Edmund, King & Martyr

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All Masses in both the abbey church & parish are regrettably closed to public access until further notice due to Covid-19.

Douai Abbey is a Roman Catholic monastery of monks of the English Benedictine Congregation, under the patronage of Saint Edmund, King and Martyr. Founded in Paris in 1615, and uprooted from there by the Revolution, we settled in Douai in Flanders before finally returning to England in 1903, settling at Woolhampton.

Douai monks serve in parishes throughout England and Wales. At the monastery we welcome guests on retreats or courses, as well as those who seek space for quiet or study. There are facilities for conferences, and for youth and chaplaincy groups. Our library and archive houses a rich resource for study and research. Throughout the year the abbey church hosts concerts of religious music.

The primary work of the monks, however, is the regular celebration of the liturgy in the abbey church, which is open to the public. While this website explains our life, history, and vocation in greater depth, you are always welcome to come and see.
 DIVINE OFFICE & MASS
- All services are in the abbey church -
0620 - Matins & Lauds (English)
0745 - Weekday Conventual Mass
(1100 - Sunday Conventual Mass)
1250 - Midday Office (English)
1800 - Vespers (Latin Gregorian Chanrt)
2000 - Compline (English, Weds in Latin)
-No public Compline on Sundays/Holy Days-
LOCATION
Douai Abbey
Upper Woolhampton
Reading, Berkshire
RG7 5TQ, United Kingdom

Visitor Enquiries: 0118 9715 399


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