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

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Our Parishes

What we do

Monks of Douai Abbey, continuing a rich and noble English Benedictine tradition, serve a number of parishes, or missions as we traditionally call them. Mostly these parishes belong to the abbey itself, but our monks also assist bishops by administering some of their parishes from time to time. Below are the parishes currently served by monks of Douai.

Woolhampton parish is the monastery's local parish, and comprises three churches: St Bernadette’s in Pangbourne, St Luke’s in Theale, and St Mary’s in Woolhampton. Its Parish Priest is Fr Alban Hood OSB, assisted by Fr Benjamin Standish OSB.
Alcester, in Warwickshire, is home to the Douai parish of Our Lady & St Joseph. The Parish Priest is Fr Geoffrey Scott OSB.
Andover is a large town in Hampshire. Its Catholic community, with that of nearby Whitchurch, is served by the diocesan parish of St John the Baptist. The Parish Priest is Fr Austin Gurr OSB.
Fishguard is a town in Pembrokeshire, within the diocese of Menevia. Its Catholic community, along with that of nearby St David's, both diocesan parishes, are currently served by Fr Richard Jones OSB.
Kemerton is a quiet and picturesque rural village in Worcestershire, and home to the Douai parish of St Benet. The Parish Priest is Fr Francis Hughes OSB.
Ormskirk is a large market town in Lancashire, and is home to the large Douai parish of St Anne. The Parish Priest is Fr Godric Timney OSB.
Scarisbrick is also in Lancashire, just a few miles from Ormskirk, and is home to the Douai parish of St Elizabeth, Fr Hugh Somerville Knapman OSB is the parish priest.
Stratford-upon-Avon, in Warwickshire, and famous as the hometown of William Shakespeare, is home also to the Douai parish of Saint Gregory the Great. Included within the parish is the church of Our Lady of Peace at Shottery. The Parish Priest is Fr Alexander Austin OSB.
Studley, also in Warwickshire and close to our parishes in Alcester and Stratford-upon-Avon, is home to the charming Douai parish of St Mary. The Parish Priest there is Fr Benedict Thompson OSB.

If you would like to learn more about the work of the Douai Abbey Parishes Trust, which embraces the seven parishes incorpoated under Douai Abbey, or even to make a donation to it, please email the Chairman of the trust.

Updated on 16/1/23

- in the abbey church -
0620 - Matins & Lauds (English)
0745 - Weekday Conventual Mass
[1030 - Sunday Conventual Mass]
1250 - Midday Office (English)
1800 - Vespers (Latin, Gregorian Chant)
2000 - Compline* (English)
*No public Compline on Sundays
Douai Abbey
Upper Woolhampton
Reading, Berkshire
RG7 5TQ, United Kingdom

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