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

Go to content

Our Monks

Who we are
The monastic community of Douai Abbey currently numbers 21 monks, though not all of them are resident in the monastery. Some monks live in the parishes we serve, while others serve the Church in other roles. Below you can see the members of the community and some, but not all, of what we do. List updated on 23 May 2022.

Right Rev. Paul Gunter was elected abbot on 11 May 2022. He remains secretary for the Department of Christian Life & Worship of the bishops' conference.
Very Rev. Benjamin Standish is prior of the monastery, sits on the abbot's council and assists in the Woolhampton parish and the guest team.
Right Rev. Finbar Kealy is Cathedral Prior of Canterbury and chaplain to the FMM sisters at Cold Ash.
Right Rev. Geoffrey Scott retired as abbot on 11 May 2022. He remains librarian, archivist and junior master, conregational annalist, and president of the Catholic Archives Society.
Right Rev. Edmund Power is titular abbot of St Albans and resides in Rome, where he is Procurator General for the English Benedictine Congregation and director of priestly formation at Collegio Sant'Anselmo.
Fr. Gervase Holdaway is subprior of the monastery, oblate master, retreat director, baker and manager of our bookshop.
Very Rev. Godric Timney is Cathedral Prior of Worcester, and resides in our parish of Ormskirk (Lancs) where he is parish priest. He acts as Vicar for Religious in Liverpool archdiocese.
Fr. Boniface Moran is assistant oblate master and organist at the monastery.
Fr. Peter Bowe is sacristan, director of the pastoral programme and assistant guestmaster.
Fr. Austin Gurr is parish priest of Andover (Hants).
Fr. Oliver Holt is bursar, guestmaster and organiser of concerts in the abbey church.
Fr. Alexander Austin is parish priest of historic Stratford-upon-Avon (Warks).
Fr. Francis Hughes resides in Kemerton (Gloucs) where he is parish priest, and sits on the Marriage Tribunal for Clifton diocese.
Fr. Richard Jones is parish priest of St Davids and Fishguard (Pemb), and is editor of the Ordo for the English Benedictine Congregation.
Fr. Alban Hood is on the Douai Magazine editorial committee and serves on the abbot's council.
Fr. Benedict Thompson resides in Warwickshire, serving as parish priest of Studley.
Br. Christopher Greener, a deacon, is monastic Infirmarian and assists from time to time in our pastoral programme.
Br. Simon Hill, a deacon, is assistant to the bursar, properties and bookshop manager, and looks after our cars.
Fr. Hugh Somerville Knapman is the parish priest of Scarisbrick (Lancs), pursuing doctoral research, and serving on the abbot’s council, as webmaster and publisher for Weldon Press.
Fr. Gabriel Wilson is parish priest of Woolhampton, vocation director and looks after our poultry.
Br. Aidan Messenger is assistant sacristan and pursuing studies at Blackfriars, Oxford..

 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)
*No public Compline on Sundays/Holy Days
LOCATION
Douai Abbey
Upper Woolhampton
Reading, Berkshire
RG7 5TQ, United Kingdom

Visitor Enquiries: 0118 9715 399


Late Spring News
Published by - 23/5/2022
New Abbot of Douai
Published by - 11/5/2022
A BIG Week Ahead
Published by - 8/5/2022
History Symposium et al
Published by - 1/5/2022
LATEST NEWS
Back to content