Douai Abbey

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We are a monastery of monks of the English Benedictine Congregation. Under the patronage of Saint Edmund, King and Martyr, we were founded in Paris in 1615. Uprooted by the French Revolution we settled at Douai in Flanders, and finally returned to England in 1903, settling in Woolhampton.

Though our former school has closed Douai monks still serve in parishes throughout England. At the monastery we welcome guests on retreats or courses, as well as those who seek quiet. There are facilities for conferences, and for youth and chaplaincy groups. Our library and archive houses a rich resource for study and research, and can be used on application. Throughout the year we host a number of concerts.

However, the primary work of the monks is the regular celebration of the liturgy 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.

LET THE ABBOT with all solicitude exercise care concerning the offending brethren, for "They that are in health need not a physician but they that are ill"... For the Abbot is obliged to exercise the greatest solicitude toward the erring brethren and to strive with all prudence and zeal lest he lose any of the sheep entrusted to him. He should know that he has received care for souls that are weak and not a high-handed rule over the strong.

Rule of St Benedict, ch 27
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