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

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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 for 1 September 2021.

Right Rev. Geoffrey Scott has been abbot since 1998. He also acts as librarian, archivist and Junior master, and teaches Church history at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford. Currently he is also president of the Catholic Archives Society and Annalist and 1st assistant abbot for the EBC..
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. Edmund Power 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, and sits on the abbot’s council.
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 chaplain of Cambridge University.
Fr. Paul Gunter is the parish priest of Alcester (Warks). He serves as secretary for the Department of Christian Life & Worship of the Conference of Bishops of England & Wales.
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 and 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..

- 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
Douai Abbey
Upper Woolhampton
Reading, Berkshire
RG7 5TQ, United Kingdom

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