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» Too late for the morning edition!

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» As so often happens, just after an update is posted more news comes to hand.

» Tonight (Thursday) on BBC South Today, which airs on BBC1 at 6.30pm, there will be a story on the Douai Abbey archives, with Fr Abbot showing one or two archival curios to the cameras. Further to this, on Sunday (21 January) he will be talking, live to air, about the archives during the Faith programme on BBC Radio Berkshire between 8.30 and 8.55am. No doubt they will be available online after broadcast on the BBC iPlayer.

» After the gales we experienced last night, some fencing was damaged at the Wolf Conservation Trust at Beenham, about a mile from the monastery. This morning a wolf was spotted on the loose, and a warning was issued to local schools. For some time helicopters could be heard nearby. The middle of this afternoon the wolf was finally re-captured, apparently without any harm to livestock or red riding hoods.




» Matters Presidential et al

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» On Monday just passed the Abbot President and his Regimen (council) met here at Douai. With the Abbot President moving his curia to Douai it is likely that most regimen meetings in the foreseaaable future will be held here. In the meantime works proceeds on refurbishing our old TV room and paperback library into the curial office.

» On Tuesday Fr Peter represented the community at the funeral in Weston-super-Mare of Janet Simpson, the sister-in-law of of our late Fr Romuald. May she rest in peace.

» Also on Tuesday Fr Alban travelled to Buckfast to give a talk to the community there. He returned yesterday, on which day Fr Abbot travelled to Staffordshire for a meeting of the Oulton Abbey Trust.




» A New Year Begins

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» The Solemnity of the Epiphany marked the end of the monastic community's constitutional holiday, and we have now resumed the full round of liturgical and refectory observance, and the guesthouse has re-opened.

» On Thursday next Fr Abbot will travel to Washington in County Durham to take the funeral of one of his cousins. Also on Thursday the resident community will be hard at work till lunchtime cleaning the abbey church, as we do twice each year. It is probably best not to call or visit while we are toiling over hot mops, brooms and polishers.

» Last week we welcomed Fr Francis back to Douai as he begins a three-month sabbatical here, to undertake some personal study. In his absence his parish of Kemerton will served by Fr Felix Stephens OSB of Ampleforth.




» Happy New Year

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» After well-attended and reverently-celebrated Christmas liturgies the resident community has been enjoying a quiet week of rest and recovery.

» Fr Abbot and the community wish all our friends a blessed, joyful and safe 2018.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!




» Happy Christmas!

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» The Abbot and Community of Douai Abbey pray for all our family, friends, benefactors and visitors every blessing and joy this Christmas, and a fruitful and peaceful new year.

» Just a remimder that the first (pontifical) Mass of Christmas is at 9pm tonight in the abbey church, the day Mass at 11am and for the intrepid, pontifical second vespers is at 4.30pm on Christmas evening.






» Guesthouse update

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Please note that from Friday 22 December to Monday 8 January inclusive the Guesthouse will be closed. Visitors are still warmly welcomed, naturally, to share in our liturgical worship in the abbey church throughout the holiday period.




» Abbot & Prior, and a Christmas note

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» Last Thursday Fr Abbot travelled to Shropshire for the funeral of the mother of Fr Peter Philips, a friend and fellow church historian. On the journey he experienced something of England's recent wintry weather.

» Today Fr Alban goes to Worth Abbey to lead a three-day retreat for the brethren there.

» Next Sunday begins, liturgically, as the Fourth Sunday of Advent but ends as Christmas Eve. This means that there is an obligation to go to Mass both for the Sunday and for Christmas, and this sacred duty cannot be met by just one Mass on Sunday. For those who are fully occupied on Christmas Day itself this means going to two Masses next Sunday: a morning Mass for the 4th Sunday of Advent and the Vigil Mass of Christmas of Eve in the evening. In the abbey church at Douai there will be Mass as normal at 1100 for the 4th Sunday of Advent, and at 9pm the Vigil Mass of Christmas.




» Advent update

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» On Friday last week BBC South came to Douai to film a short piece on our archives. It is due for boradcast in January.

» Frs Alban and Gabriel spent a rewarding time at the conference in Rome held in part preparation for the next Synod of Bishops, on vocations. Their return was delayed after Fr Gabriel fell ill on the day they were to fly back. Both are now safely back at Douai.

» Last Wednesaday a group of clergy for the diocese came for a day of recollection.

» Yesterday Fr Abbot travelled to Stonyhurst College in Lancashire for the opening of the Old Chapel Museum. Lord Alton and many other Catholic notables attended. On the same trip Fr Abbot managed a visit to the brethren at Ormskirk.

» Here at Douai there was also a Jesuit theme, as a number of Jesuits from various countries are on retreat here, and this morning at conventual Mass they renewed their vows.




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